Aside from the versatility and portability that iPads offer, you know what one of the best parts about owning an iPad is? One word: Accessories. From keyboards to cases, and port docks to stands, the amount of accessories you have access to truly allows you to customize and personalize your iPad in any way that you want; an endless sea of possibility in making your device your very own. If you're looking to spice up your iPad a bit but don't know where to start, we've got you covered. Below is our list of the best accessories for your iPad Pro.
It's time to accessorize.
Performance wise, iPads and laptops have never been closer; especially with the new iPad Pros, which utilize the same exact M1 chip as the latest MacBook Pros. If you're looking to increase your iPad's productivity and really unlock its full potential, adding a keyboard is the surest way to do so, especially since iPadOS now offers full trackpad support.
A device like the iPad Pro absolutely deserves a worthy companion. With that in mind, the Brydge 12.9 MAX+ blurs the line between laptop and tablet like never before. Featuring an oversized trackpad (the largest trackpad the iPad has seen ever), multi-touch support, backlit keys, and a high-grade aluminum body, the 12.9 MAX+ is the ultimate productivity machine that brings a true laptop experience to your iPad. This keyboard also features the latest Magnetic SnapFit™ Case, which allows you to seamlessly attach your iPad to the keyboard, ensuring that you can use your device how you want, when you want. If you're someone who wants your iPad to genuinely look and feel like a MacBook, this is the keyboard for you.
If you're looking for something that offers a bit more protection for your iPad Pro 11-inch, look no further than the Brydge Air MAX+. Featuring the same great typing experience, backlit keys, and multi-touch trackpad, the Air MAX+ also includes an all-in-one protective case design that will provide some much needed peace of mind for those that are frequently on-the-go and have a more unpredictable work environment.
Brydge also offers some more budget friendly options like the Pro+; check out the full lineup of iPad keyboards below:
After investing in an iPad, you're more than likely going to want to grab a case to add a little protection to that sweet new tech (unless you prefer the all natural look, which is totally fine too!). Finding the right case largely depends on personal preference, and how you foresee using your iPad. Will you mostly be using it at home? In the classroom? Or will you be more on-the-go and in situations where a drop is more likely? All important questions to ask yourself before investing in a case to fit your specific needs.
If you want something minimal in order to keep the aesthetic of your iPad, something like Apple's Folio Case may be perfect for you. Granted it won't provide much protection for the body of the iPad, it will at least protect the more fragile screen. On the flip-side, if you want something that can protect your iPad from even the scariest of drops, a fully enclosed case like this may be your best bet.
Whether you want a simple folio case to protect the screen, a case with a back-stand to accommodate those Netflix binge days, or a bulky all-encompassing case that could survive a drop from earth’s orbit (let alone a drop from your the kitchen counter), there’s an option for you.
For a full rundown on some of the best cases for your iPad Pro, be sure to check out iMore's article.
*P.S. Did we mention that Brydge has a great all-in-one case option with a keyboard and trackpad?
Whether you're using your iPad Pro as your primary computer, or just for the occasional assignment/ last minute work task, a dock that adds additional ports to your iPad is an absolute game changer. By adding a dock, you open yourself up to being able to use a wider number of peripherals, as well as the ability to connect your iPad to an external monitor/display.
Docks like the the HyperDrive USB-C Adapter will ensure that you have everything you need and can connect to all of your devices, by providing pass-through charging, an audio jack, and a total of 6 ports (including Ethernet and HDMI).
Be sure to take a look at iMore's "Best USB-C hubs for iPad Pro 2021" article to check out several other options. No matter which you end up going with, a USB-C hub is a sure way to maximize your iPad's performance and expand its capabilities.
If you're planning on connecting your iPad Pro to an external display, or just want a desktop like setup, having a large standalone trackpad to swipe, scroll, pinch and zoom your way through iPadOS will be a huge quality of life accessory. The Brydge iTrack allows you to fully tap into the capabilities of iPadOS and interact with your iPad as if you were directly touching the screen. Simply put, using the iTrack just feels good, and truly gives you the ability to create a desktop environment that works for you. Better yet, the iTrack is compatible with all of the older iPads and will seamlessly work alongside any other iPad accessory you may have.
Portable Battery Pack
When it comes to tech, there's few things worse than pulling out your device to get some last minute work in, or even to just browse the web, only to realize that it's either dead, or nerve wrackingly close to being so. To ensure that this never happens to you, and to provide the confidence in having uninterrupted connectivity, a portable battery pack is exactly what you need. Even if you're someone who is always on top of keeping their devices charged, a spare battery pack will not only extend your device's battery life, but also provide some crucial backup in an emergency where you may not have access to a plugin.
PCMag has a great round up of several different battery packs on the market, all ranging in size and price.
When thinking about the iPad, one of the first things that probably comes to mind is the ability to draw, tap, trace, and generally utilize the touch screen. Well, doing so has never been easier, or felt better, than when using an Apple Pencil. Having an Apple Pencil will definitely unlock your creative potential, as you'll be better able to write, draw, take notes, and interact with your iPad's interface. It's one of the accessories that will leave you wondering how you ever lived without it.
We recommend going with the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil as it magnetically attaches to your iPad and wirelessly charges.
If you're someone who likes to watch movies, listen to music, or drown out the outside world to focus, a solid pair of headphones will be your best friend. If you want to stay in the Apple ecosystem, the AirPod Pros are a no-brainer; with that being said, the AirPod Pros are definitely on the pricier side of things. Luckily enough, there are a ton of other great options, including both earbuds and over the ear styles, that won't break the bank.
When it comes to accessories, the possibilities are endless. The amount of choices you have can be a bit daunting at first, but we hope this rundown proves to be helpful in deciding how you want to build out your iPad Pro. Since everyone uses their devices differently, there is no true end-all-be-all list for the best iPad Pro accessories, however, with these top picks you'll absolutely be able to find some options that work best for you!