The best iPad Pro case is surprisingly affordable these days, and crucially needed to help protect your large and expensive new tablet from the inevitable daily dirt, scratches, bumps, spills, and accidents that can happen around the home and office.
If you have one of the best tablet cameras, then you'll want to ensure it's protected to the extreme. Every iPad generation will need a case to keep it scratch-free, and some cases are even designed to enhance productivity with flexible kickstands, and a handy slot to secure your Apple Pencil or iPad stylus.
What sort of iPad case do I need?
Finding the best case for your iPad Pro is a breeze when you know what to look for, and we've made the hard work easier for you with this guide of our top picks from leading brands on the market. Firstly, do you have an iPad Pro? Which model?
The latest 5th-generation pro-grade iPad is available in two different sizes: the iPad Pro 12.9-inch, and the iPad Pro 11-inch, both released back in May 2021. The A model number can be found in small writing on the back of your iPad Pro to help you determine exactly which iPad generation you have.
There's nothing worse than purchasing an accessory to later discover that it doesn't fit your device. See our other guides to the best iPad Air cases, as well as the best iPad Mini cases, and not forgetting the best iPad keyboards too! Each iPad Pro model depending on the generation will have a different screen diameter, button layouts, access ports for charging, and camera unit sizes.
Speaking of cameras, if you're a photographer with one of the best iPads for photo editing, then you will definitely benefit from a case that can raise your tablet up high for a better view and keep it sturdy enough without obstructing the screen. You might also want a case that offers raised edges around the camera unit for added defense, and invest in one of the iPad screen protectors too!
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This is an excellent rugged case from Spigen, with shock-absorbing Air Cushion Technology that will help to protect your iPad from any accidental drops. This case has carbon fibre detailing and a matte black (or gunmetal) finish to provide a cool, industrial aesthetic appeal.
Designed for the iPad Pro 12.9” (2021), there's a side opening to magnetically attach your Apple Pencil to the case, and the cover folds back so that you can additionally use this case as a stand for when you need to work hands-free or stream content. The case has precise button cutouts and easy access to the charging port.
This is an absolute bargain price for a Spigen case! At only US$20, you're provided with the peace of mind that your iPad Pro is protected to the extreme, and it has a great aesthetic and cool design features too, what more could you need?
The Zugu Case strikes the perfect balance between functionality and aesthetics, offering reliable full-body protection while staying slim and sleek. The case has been engineered with a robust bumper and rugged TPU and PC shell for major drop protection, furnished with bumpers that effectively absorb shock from any impact.
Despite boasting a relatively slim profile, this case offers protection from drops up to five feet, making it ideal for the ultra-clumsy or people who use their tablets in harsh environments.
There are airflow vents in the PC/TPU shell that prevent overheating, and the case has a sleep/wake function that will save your iPad battery life when not in use. If this weren't enough, the case also has a convenient and adjustable magnetic stand that offers 10 different viewing angles, and a handy Apple Pencil pocket.
A much more budget friendly and reasonably priced case from Apple, this Smart Folio case offers great protection for both the front and back of your iPad Pro, so you can have peace of mind traveling around with it. Being an official Apple product, this folio case will fit your tablet like a second skin, and it's super light too!
You can fold the Smart Folio into varying positions and all angles will be beneficial for most of your needs, like reviewing photos, to watching Netflix, for instance. The magnetic clasp is satisfying and strong, but not so strong that you have to wrestle with your tablet to get it open.
It may not have a keyboard, but overall, this smart case from Apple looks and feels like a premium product. It's constructed from a single piece of polyurethane and offers great protection. And, as long as you place it on a flat, sturdy surface, your iPad Pro will sit nicely enough without any irritating wobble.
If you're a bit accident-prone with clumsy tendencies, you'll want to consider this highly-protective case from STM to you-proof your iPad Pro. The Dux Plus case is said to maintain all operating functions after plummeting 26 times from a height of four feet, making this the most rugged case to be featured in this guide.
And what's lovely is that it still retains your tablet's stylish looks. STM uses transparent materials on the back panel so that you can customize your device with personal images, scan a tagging barcode, or simply let the beauty of your device shine through.
The case also features integrated Apple Pencil wireless charging and storage, and STM’s patented magnetic closure. What's not to like?
For those seeking a case that reflects your style and incorporates pop culture, then look no further than CASETiFY. The most protective product in the CASETiFY iPad Pro line-up, the Ultra Impact Folio case is new on the market and has been tested to withstand drops from 4ft! To put it into perspective, this meets the Military Grade Standards for drop testing - so it's pretty safe to say it'll keep your iPad Pro safe.
CASETiFY has designed this case series with layers of strong EcoShock material fitted within the phone case lining and its four corners. This plant-based material is designed and patented by the company, able to convert the kinetic energy of a drop or impact into heat, while the twister pattern dissipates it across the surface of the case, offering ultra protection – as the name states.
Cases from CASETiFY are also fully customizable with names, initials, patterns, and design options - that include super limited edition co-lab ranges with pop culture designs that include Harry Potter, Sailor Moon, Stranger Things, Dragon Ball Z, and plenty more, but once they're gone, they're gone.
This Torro iPad Pro case has a high-gloss finish, a luxury microfibre interior, and contrasting color TORRO bull’s head insignia, designed for people who are after a stylish, functional, and high-quality product to enhance and protect their iPad Pro.
Thanks to the premium cowhide leather, the case has a soft feel to it, and the internal frame with a toughened sturdy rear plate offers additional shock absorption, so you can be sure that it's durable. Even though the case closes via an elasticated band rather than using magnets, you can still facilitate the wake/sleep function of your iPad by simply lifting and closing the microfibre-lined cover.
The Torro case offers good all-around protection and the leather provides excellent grip. For added functionality, the case has three anti-slip raised stripes that act as a kickstand to enable three angles for comfortable viewing, typing, and streaming.
The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio case features a full-size keyboard and is the perfect accessory for your iPad Pro 12.9" or iPad Pro 11" - assuming you're not put off by the extremely premium price! This case will effectively turn your device into a laptop, and being an official Apple product, it will work seamlessly with your iPad Pro and is incredibly easy to fit and use, with no charging or pairing required.
When it's not being used as a QWERTY keyboard, the folio casing also protects the back and screen of your iPad Pro from everyday scratches and bumps, so you'll have some peace of mind when carrying your iPad around.
Having said that, you may be able to find far more protective cases available from elsewhere, if you're not adamant on having an official Apple case. If you're someone who is a little clumsy and prone to dropping your devices, then you might be better off with a sturdier case, like the Spigen Rugged Armor Pro.
This protective case from Logitech features a flexible kickstand that offers 40° of tilt. So you can be sure to get the right angle for the task at hand when you want to review your photos, sketch, do a Zoom call, or watch videos, you can even fold the keyboard out of the way entirely – which is a really neat design feature.
Logitech states that: 'The large, well-spaced keyboard containing a full row of iPadOS shortcut keys lets you type comfortably with speed and accuracy.' While this is true, it's a shame that on this keyboard, the buttons feel just a little like typing on a plastic touch screen as they don't really press down in the same way as those on a laptop.
However, there's always going to be a trade-off with this kind of case: In keeping the design lightweight, the keyboard's functionality has suffered only slightly. It is a durable case that offers great edge protection, and the keys automatically light up to adjust and match the lighting in your environment, which is another great feature. Nice one, Logitech.
The Origami Pencil Case features lots of stand positions and functionality and comes with a slot for your Apple Pencil as well as a TPU bumper for extra protection. It's similar to the Apple Smart Cover featured in this guide, and it even turns the device on/off when opened/closed, in the same way, that the Smart Cover does.
The magnetic cover is made from PU and has exactly the same touch and feel as Apple's Smart Cover. The back is made from a shock absorbent TPU, which means your iPad is fully drop protected, feels great in your hands, and will wipe clean.
The 'Origami' folding style of the smart cover is what makes it stand out in terms of functionality and usability, as it offers a total of four different angles, so you can review photos or footage, watch or type in comfort. There are so many different colors to choose from too.
This ingenious Float Folio case for the iPad Pro from MOFT is perfect for those looking to clear up desk space and relieve any neck tension from looking down at your iPad. The origami folding design of the case allows for multiple viewing angles depending on what you choose, but most desirably it can raise the iPad to your eye level for a more comfortable and practical experience.
Functional as a screen protector that encloses your iPad, as well as a screen riser, and plenty more, the Float Folio magnetically attaches to the back of your iPad and can elevate at two different heights for both a mobile office or dual-screen setup to optimize your workstation and browsing.
With no bulk added, the vegan leather-coated case not only seamlessly transforms your device but can also snap on and off of your iPad using magnetic technology, and is equipped with a 20-degree Dawing mode which can provide a comfortable position for your hands to rest while illustrating.
The Logitech Slim Folio Pro iPad Case is a protective case with a backlit keyboard combined into one neat package. This case connects to your iPad Pro via Bluetooth (rather than via Apple Smart Connector, which is a better alternative for those less tech-savvy as it would save you the trouble of having to pair your device).
The keyboard itself features full-sized backlit keys allowing productivity into the night and wherever you go. It also features familiar handy iOS shortcuts and the keys are well spaced so that your typing still feels fairly natural.
The case from Logitech feels durable and has excellent edge protection; it will certainly keep your precious device protected from bumps, scratches, and spills. On the negative side, we'd prefer the keys travel to feel a little less plastic-y.
If you're after an iPad Pro case but can't quite afford the official Apple option, this is a great value alternative. Plus Logitech has been good enough to include a place to house your Apple Pencil (something that's lacking on the Apple keyboard folio case).
How we test
In all honesty, there's no real way to test an iPad case thoroughly enough without actually putting our own tablets in danger. So for this reason, we base our recommendations on things like case texture and grip, features such as kickstands and stylus slots, compatibility with MagSafe and Qi wireless functions, manufacturer reputation, and most of all - price range and value for money.
We weren't born yesterday, and we know that most manufacturers will exaggerate and upsell key features of cases knowing that you'll never test them. For example, some iPad cases might be listed with superior drop protection, but we aren't about to find out for ourselves whether that's true. With that in mind, we always take these things with a pinch of salt and give our honest opinions as best as we can.
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