You’ve got a new Apple iPad Pro and its capable creative sidekick, the Apple Pencil. And you’ve already loaded up your new favorite device with several of our top creative app picks. What’s next? It’s time to accessorize, of course. Here are our current favorite picks for maximizing the iPad Pro experience for at home and on-the-go:
Made by Forge Pad & Pencil for iPad Pro: The iPad Pro is still relatively new, so the selection of covers and sleeves has yet to explode into the gigantic catalog of options available for the Air or mini models. Even so, this oil-tanned leather sleeve is still a favorite – regardless of device – for its modern and minimalist design (available in 4 colors). The Apple Pencil even gets its very own stylus slot for safe keeping, and the design fits with or without the Smart Keyboard or cover.
TwelveSouth ParcSlope Stand: The iPad Pro offers a big screen, but at the cost of some extra weight. Your tired arms will eventually hint it’s occasionally best to switch from holding up the device and use a stand. Our favorite: the ParcSlope, a secure stand that tilts the iPad Pro at an 18-degree angle, ideal for browsing and drawing like an old-school architect at a drafting table.
RHA T20i In-ear Headphone: The iPad Pro is likely going to see some significant time in and around airports as the ultimate Netflix/iTunes mobile media watching device, so you’ll want to partner it with a pair of headphones capable of optimal playback without distraction or fatigue. Since we believe in both packing light and innovative design, it’s easy to endorse this Red Dot Award Product Design 2015 winner for its compact audiophile and noise-isolating performance. Beyond the customizable ergonomic fit (we’re talking 10 sets of silicone and memory foam eartips to fit nearly any ear) and its two-driver aural proficiency, the British-designed RHA in-ear monitors stand out from the crowd with a unique custom audio tuning filter system that permits users to boost bass or treble with optional plug-in filters, in essence offering three harmonic experiences in a single interchangeable system.
Apple Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader: The iPad Pro has quickly become popular with photographers as a powerful photo editing device for both in and outside the studio, even replacing laptops thanks to a variety of full-featured creative apps at their disposal. Apple’s official SD Card Reader for the iPad Pro makes transferring photos from a digital camera onto the tablet quicker than waiting for a WiFii transfer, thus definitely worthy of a place in our backpack.
Moxiware Apple Pencil Charging Dock: The iPad Pro was designed to work in creative harmony with the Apple Pencil. This docking solution provides a place to safely store and charge the Lightning-powered peripheral, all in a wood or aluminum finish that looks aesthetically compatible.
SwitchEasy CoverBuddy Pencil Holder and iPad Pro Cover: The Coverbody case – available in 3 different colors of White, Translucent Black, and Gray – offers a slide-in slot to keep the Apple Pencil securely stored away, allaying the common fear of losing a pricey illustration tool peripheral.
Mophie Powerstation XL: You’re going to eventually run into a situation where there’s no power outlet nearby, so toss in one of these extra large 12,000mAh battery chargers into your tech travel gear pack as an insurance policy. This model has a secondary USB slot to share or charge a secondary device, making it suited for phone and tablet power duty.
Booq Daypack: You know we love ourselves a well-equipped backpack for keeping all of our tech accessories safely stowed away. But there’s no reason you have to use a backpack designed specifically for the iPad Pro. Our pick is the Booq Daypack; compact, with a clean exterior design, the interior offers plenty of storage for the iPad Pro’s 12.9-inch display – and almost everything else listed above – without feeling cluttered.