While we know that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has been phased out by Apple and replaced with the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is still sticking around with some upgraded hardware.
Apple was quick to announce at the WWDC keynote that consumers would be able to pick up a Smart Cover and Smart Keyboard for its new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but where does that leave the 12.9-inch iPad Pro? If you're looking to upgrade your first generation 12.9 Pad Pro to the newer generation, will you need to buy your Smart Cover or Smart Keyboard again?
It's the same old Smart Cover and Smart Keyboard
Good news! If you already have a Smart Keyboard or Smart Cover for your first-generation 12.9-iPad Pro, they will work seamlessly with the new generation. In fact, since the physical size of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is unchanged, nothing has changed on either the Smart Keyboard or Smart Cover, and you can order them right now!
Apple Smart Keyboard
If you plan on doing any extensive writing on your iPad Pro, the Apple Smart Keyboard is the most versatile option: It folds up into a neat package and protects your iPad's screen when not in use, but unfolds into a full soft keyboard package when you need it.
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The Smart Cover protects your iPad's screen when you're not using it and acts as a foldable kickstand when you are. It's available in both white and charcoal gray colors, and you can buy it right now!
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Which 12.9-inch iPad Pro accessories do you already have?
Let us know in the comments below!
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The 10.5in has gotten all the attention, some pieces never once mention the 13in.
Some times I wonder whether lack of media attention accelerates a products end regardless of other factors. Another example is the Mac Mini.
I much prefer the 13in iPad and been waiting for an update.
What about the back of the device? I use mine for work and take it all over the place. I want full protection, not just the cover. (I'm primarily thinking the 12.9in device here)
What is sad here, is they do not offer a Silicone Case like last year, I will end up if I purchase a new one cutting out the spaces needed to continue using the expensive silicone case. the $140 leather pouch is a joke.
I did a chat session on the apple store online and they said the rear case is coming soon, just delayed.
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