Apple's Smart Keyboard cover gives the second generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro basic protection from knocks and scratches.
Apple made the large screen 12.9-inch iPad Pro to travel. It may not be as portable as the 9.7 or 10.5-inch iPads, but
the bigger display makes up for that. It is fast becoming my first choice travelling computer1
The 12.9-inch screen on the second generation iPad Pro is tough. Even so, there is no point taking chances. What is the
best way to keep it from damage?
Apple's NZ$269 Smart Keyboard Cover is the obvious first option. It is light; only 340g. The 12.9-inch iPad is 723g.
Together they weigh a shade over a kilogram. That's a little more than the MacBook which weighs in at 920g.
Smart Keyboard cover
The Smart Keyboard Cover
turns the iPad Pro into an effective laptop replacement. I've found it is good to type on. Not perfect, but good. One
advantage is that it is as wide as normal laptop keyboard.
It is more comfortable for touch typing than the Surface Pro 4 keyboard
. It compares with many modern laptop keyboards. This isn't so true of the 9.7 or 10.5 inch Smart Keyboard Cover. I find
the keys are almost too close together for comfort.
The larger keyboard is one reason why I prefer the larger iPad Pro.
In practice I've found the Smart Keyboard Cover provides enough protection around the house. It also works if I put the
combination in my briefcase to travel to a meeting or work in a client's office. The only downside is that it doesn't
accommodate the Apple Pencil.
More protection for 12.9-inch iPad Pro
You can walk about town with no more protection than the Smart Keyboard Cover. I have an Apple-made first generation
12.9-inch iPad Pro Silicon case. It's helpful guarding against knocks and drops. This is also an Apple-made leather
shell for the first generation model. Neither of these are still available on Apple's New Zealand site. There are
The Leather Sleeve protects the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in style.
Apple's new protective case is the NZ$269 Leather Sleeve. As the name says it slips over the computer. There's enough
room inside to accommodate the Smart KeyBoard Cover as well. Apple has added a space to take the Pencil.
Leather Sleeve showing the Apple Pencil slot.
Although it is expansive, in practice it works better than the Silicon shell case. It is lighter and takes up less room.
I've found it works great on airplanes, if you're a regular flyer I recommend you invest in one. I also use the Leather
Sleeve when I'm ducking out for a quick meeting in my car and don't need to carry anything else.
Snugg Leather Sleeve
If the price of the Apple Leather Sleeve is too much, Snugg has a solid alternative
. I first reviewed and used the Snugg MacBook Air 13 Wallet Case with my MacBook Air. It is ideal for protecting my
12.9-inch iPad Pro. After all, 12.9 inches is not a long way from 13 inches, so it fits well.
Snugg MacBook Air Leather wallet case works well with the larger iPad Pro
You don't get the dinky Apple Pencil holder, although there is more than enough space in the Snugg case to take that.
I've come away from meetings and conferences with papers in my Snugg case alongside the iPad Pro.
One other thing, the Snugg case is chunkier, or if you like, more rugged. It can take more punishment than the Apple
Leather Sleeve. There are plenty of colour options, including a soft pink if you feel the rugged look is not for you.
I've left the best thing about the Snugg to last. At US$25 plus postage, it works out at around a quarter of the price.
The problem is that Snugg product is out of stock, although you can still find some on sale online. Snugg makes tablet
cases, but I prefer the Wallet case.
I'm thinking of from switching from a MacBook plus 9.7-inch iPad to a desktop iMac plus a 12.9-inch iPad Pro.