iPad Pro Any brand producing good smart cover alternatives? (cover only - no case at the back)

bob24

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Just ordered a 9.7 Pro - I use my iPads with a smart cover only (no case at the back), but I think Apple is going a bit crazy new selling a piece a plastic for 59 euros (plus a review mentioned that it is more designed to be used alongside an Apple silicon case and will stand out from the iPad edges if you are using it on its own).

Are there any brands producing well built similar products? (I'm not after a cheap knock-off which will fall apart after a few months). I'd pay decent money if someone makes nice leather ones (I find it a shame Apple stopped making leather smart covers for newer models).
 
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Very much interested in this as well. This is all I want:

A smart COVER--not a case, just the cover that functions just like Apple's.

Leather (which Apple doesn't make any longer)

Form fitting (now that Apple's is meant to fit their silicone case rather than the iPad itself--I don't want a case and won't be using a case, just a leather skin on the back--I don't need goofy hangover).

Someone make it happen!
 
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Just ordered a 9.7 Pro - I use my iPads with a smart cover only, but I think Apple is going a bit crazy new selling a piece a plastic for 59 euros (plus I read on a review that it is more designed to be used alongside an Apple silicon case and will stand out from the iPad edges if you are using it on its own).

Are there any brands producing well built similar products (I'm not after a cheap knock-off which will fall apart after a few months). I'd pay decent money if someone makes nice leather ones (I find it a shame Apple stopped making leather smart covers for newer models).
I am using a Moko brand black Smart Cover from Amazon $6.99 you can't tell the difference.
 

StPatty33

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I am using a Moko brand black Smart Cover from Amazon $6.99 you can't tell the difference.
Smart cover as in, not a case? It only covers the front? Could you link it for us if that's the case? Thanks!
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I am using a Moko brand black Smart Cover from Amazon $6.99 you can't tell the difference.
I don't see a smart cover alone anyplace on Amazon for the 9.7. I wonder if you're referring to the non-magnetic full case from Moku that's $6.99. If so, yeah... I have that, and I'm not a fan of it.
 

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I think he is talking about a cover only. The one you show at amazon is a full case. I am still looking for the cover only also.
Yes you are correct ... I'm just looking for a decent quality cover, preferably made of genuine leather but open to a well built plastic one.
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Very much interested in this as well. This is all I want:

A smart COVER--not a case, just the cover that functions just like Apple's.

Leather (which Apple doesn't make any longer)

Form fitting (now that Apple's is meant to fit their silicone case rather than the iPad itself--I don't want a case and won't be using a case, just a leather skin on the back--I don't need goofy hangover).

Someone make it happen!
Glad to hear I am not alone ! For me cover only is a much better option as when I read in bed, on the sofa, or on the plane I like that it is easy to take off and make the iPad as small and light as possible (much more comfortable if you are holding it for a while).

I have a sleeve I like which use to protect the iPad what I put it in a bag or suitcase (and since iPad dimensions won't change much across generations, the sleeve doesn't need a replacement when you get a new iPad.
 
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Yes you are correct ... I'm just looking for a decent quality cover, preferably made of genuine leather but open to a well built plastic one.
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Glad to hear I am not alone!
Same here!
 
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For those not wanting a case - aren't you concerned about the lack of protection? Granted my iPad4 has only been dropped a few times (thanks granddaughter) but it only takes once to bang it up. I like the idea of no case but am too afraid not to use one.
 

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For those not wanting a case - aren't you concerned about the lack of protection? Granted my iPad4 has only been dropped a few times (thanks granddaughter) but it only takes once to bang it up. I like the idea of no case but am too afraid not to use one.
AppleCare+
 
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bob24

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For those not wanting a case - aren't you concerned about the lack of protection? Granted my iPad4 has only been dropped a few times (thanks granddaughter) but it only takes once to bang it up. I like the idea of no case but am too afraid not to use one.
Depends on how careful people are and the environment in which they use the device. I've been using iPads without case since the iPad 2 (my iPad 1 had a case as there was no smart cover at the time, but was never dropped), and the only thing I've had is a scratch on the aluminum of the Air as I inadvertently bumped it against a concrete wall in a hotel (nothing too bad).

Surely I would do things differently if I had young children at home or if I had more of a tendency to drop things.
 

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For those not wanting a case - aren't you concerned about the lack of protection? Granted my iPad4 has only been dropped a few times (thanks granddaughter) but it only takes once to bang it up. I like the idea of no case but am too afraid not to use one.
I've never purchased Applecare (not that I'm against it), I've had an original iPad, and an iPad 3, never cased them and I've never dropped an iPad once. I keep a leather skin on the back to protect from surface scuffs and to improve grip over the slippery metal.

I don't take mine outside much, and when I do I transport it in my mansack (http://www.amazon.com/Visconti-Berlin-Leather-Briefcase-Detachable/dp/B007ZQIWRA). Since I plan to be drawing quite a bit on the new one, I also got one of these to make it easier to hold stable one-handed (http://www.amazon.com/TFY-Security-Hand-Strap-Tablet-PC/dp/B00SH2SY7O), yet something I can easily take off (like a smart cover) when I don't need it.
 
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Kermit262

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Just found this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Luxury-Fold...pad-air-3-iPad-Pro-9-7-Tablet-PC/381579527462

It's got to come from China so shipping will be slow, and it may be modeled after the real deal meaning it could be ill-fitting like the Apple brand. But it's leather, and much cheaper. I'll let you know how it is in about a month after I receive mine, haha.
Thanks for all that. I actually love the feel of leather but avoid using it for environmental and humane reasons.

I take my iPad to work and to coffee shops all the time and use an Indian Jones - looking Field Museum bag for transport.

Not sure what to do yet. Will certainly upgrade from my trusty iPad4 but don't know if I'll go with the Apple Smart Keyboard, or just a cover, or a case and a cover, etc. A lot of choices to consider. (Loved your review of the Pro in another thread, btw. :)
 

StPatty33

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Thanks for all that. I actually love the feel of leather but avoid using it for environmental and humane reasons.

I take my iPad to work and to coffee shops all the time and use an Indian Jones - looking Field Museum bag for transport.

Not sure what to do yet. Will certainly upgrade from my trusty iPad4 but don't know if I'll go with the Apple Smart Keyboard, or just a cover, or a case and a cover, etc. A lot of choices to consider. (Loved your review of the Pro in another thread, btw. :)
Thanks for the kudos for the review! In regards to leather usage, I understand where you're coming from, and with the crazy number of Apple devices out there, it's entirely possible that Apple's decision not to make leather accessories now stems from the impact you mention. If that's the case, I certainly can't be upset at that!
 

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Just found this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Luxury-Fold...pad-air-3-iPad-Pro-9-7-Tablet-PC/381579527462

It's got to come from China so shipping will be slow, and it may be modeled after the real deal meaning it could be ill-fitting like the Apple brand. But it's leather, and much cheaper. I'll let you know how it is in about a month after I receive mine, haha.
Thanks for posting this. Definitly not expecting genuine leather for that price, but could be decently made and cut out.
 

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Just found this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Luxury-Fold...pad-air-3-iPad-Pro-9-7-Tablet-PC/381579527462

It's got to come from China so shipping will be slow, and it may be modeled after the real deal meaning it could be ill-fitting like the Apple brand. But it's leather, and much cheaper. I'll let you know how it is in about a month after I receive mine, haha.
Looks good, but then they look like Apple's stock photos! I'll believe it when I see it. :D

I really would like a good copy, but without the overhang.

it's entirely possible that Apple's decision not to make leather accessories now stems from the impact you mention. If that's the case, I certainly can't be upset at that!
I take it you don't have an Apple Watch? Maybe that's where all the leather's gone! LOL
 
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zhenya

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Is that eBay one the only one located so far? I'm the same way - want a Smart Cover with no backing.

I've been using iPad's this way for years. We even have an iPad 4 with an original leather Smart Cover that has been the 'family' iPad in a home with 3 children under 5 and haven't had any issues without a case. Everyone just learned from the beginning that the iPad was an expensive piece of equipment and needs to be treated with care. So far no accidents. :)
 
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I just purchased a red one from that eBay site. I'm looking forward to receiving this in the next month and a half. ;)
 
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StPatty33

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Out of stock now.
I think they only had 2 of each color available initially. I'd been scouring Amazon and eBay every couple hours, so I think they had just posted them up for sale when I linked it here.

I'm sure they'll put more up soon.
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Looks good, but then they look like Apple's stock photos! I'll believe it when I see it. :D
Being that they probably had to wait for Apple to release their actual smart cover, so they could check all the dimensions and dissect it, then get it up for sale just 1 day after the iPad launches, they probably just didn't bother with the extra time of creating their own sales pictures. The pictures themselves are 100% just taken from Apple's site, but that doesn't mean the end product won't match the description, eh!
 

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Under the section that says "more items like this" there was somebody else that had the same exact product from China. I ended up ordering from them for $5.48.

http://m.ebay.com/itm/Luxury-Slim-Stand-Leather-Cover-Case-For-iPad-Pro-9-7-Tablet-PC-/351687307475?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D35277%26meid%3D807f4ecd24ae4e28ada64751d7cf85fd%26pid%3D100408%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D25%26sd%3D381579527462&_trksid=p2056116.c100408.m2460&varId=620655890778

I ordered the red one to match my space gray iPad Pro.
 
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Under the section that says "more items like this" there was somebody else that had the same exact product from China. I ended up ordering from them for $5.48.

http://m.ebay.com/itm/Luxury-Slim-Stand-Leather-Cover-Case-For-iPad-Pro-9-7-Tablet-PC-/351687307475?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D35277%26meid%3D807f4ecd24ae4e28ada64751d7cf85fd%26pid%3D100408%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D25%26sd%3D381579527462&_trksid=p2056116.c100408.m2460&varId=620655890778

I ordered the red one to match my space gray iPad Pro.
Thanks! Ordered same one. Hope it's decent.
 
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