PSA – The Kensington StudioDock won't fit your new 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro
What you need to know
- The Kensington StudioDock is a popular iPad Pro stand, but it won't fit the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
- Apple's refreshed iPad Pro is slightly thicker, causing problems with the fit.
The Kensington StudioDock is already a popular iPad Pro dock which means tons of people have one despite its $400 asking price. But anyone upgrading to the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro should note that the dock and tablet aren't compatible. The new iPad Pro simply won't fit.
First spied by Tim Chaten on Twitter, it seems that Kensington has added some test to its StudioDock webpage that says the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro isn't compatible. Which is a shame for anyone who bought one within the last few months and also intends to bag themselves a fancy new Mini-LED iPad Pro.
Just saw this :( pic.twitter.com/Pw63hu9BaSJust saw this :( pic.twitter.com/Pw63hu9BaS— Tim Chaten (@iPadProsPodcast) May 7, 2021May 7, 2021
Kensington doesn't explain why this is the case, but with the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro being slightly thicker than the old one it doesn't take a great deal of thought to suss it. Whether this is a situation where it might fit sort of, remains to be seen. Apple has fallen into a similar trap with its own keyboard, too. The Magic Keyboard will functionally work, Apple says, after initially saying that it wouldn't.
Here's hoping it's a similar situation with that fancy $400 Kensington dock, too. If not, be sure to check out the best stands for iPad Pro when you're looking to bag a new one.
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