iPad Pro Rear Protection

vpr611

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Does anyone know of any rear protection that would work with the Smart Keyboard Folio?

I am used to having some type of rear protection on my iPad when I am not using the keyboard and haven't had much luck, has anyone come across anything?
 

spiderman0616

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I would keep checking the Best Skins Ever site. They're bound to come out with some kind of skin you can put on the back that shouldn't interfere with the magnets. The thing I like about their stuff is that you can usually specify what particular set of stuff you want. Like maybe you don't want to cover the sides but just the back, or maybe you just want the screen covered and nothing else, etc.

Their products are great quality--I have always liked them for my Macs and even had one on my Apple Watch for a little while.
 

LxHunter

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I would keep checking the Best Skins Ever site. They're bound to come out with some kind of skin you can put on the back that shouldn't interfere with the magnets. The thing I like about their stuff is that you can usually specify what particular set of stuff you want. Like maybe you don't want to cover the sides but just the back, or maybe you just want the screen covered and nothing else, etc.

Their products are great quality--I have always liked them for my Macs and even had one on my Apple Watch for a little while.
A second vote for Best Skins Ever.
I use the matte skins for light ding and scratch protection.
I plan to buy one for the back - wonder it they will cover the sides ? - like on my MacBook
Response from BSE support on Nov. 9
"We have ordered the iPad Pro 12.9" and 11" models along with the new MacBook Air and are expecting them today. We'll start designing skins as soon as they arrive"
 

kingalien

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I've always had a skin on the back of my iPads and will do same here as well. I'm partial to iCarbons but dbrand is great too.
 

Treebark

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I’ve always liked gel skins, but they seem to be a tad thicker than most. Hopefully they start coming out, and indicating they work with the ASK.
 

itcrashed

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DBrand claims they are compatible with ASK. I should be receiving mine in the next day or so and will report back.

iCarbons just released their skins - and they can do the edge as well!!! I just ordered a set.

I always used iCarbons in the past and they have always been great!
 

itcrashed

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Speak of the devil.... just got my DBrand rear skin and the ASK keyboard still connects without any issue. As far as the magnets sticking to the ASK...you can definitely feel that the connection is a tad bit weaker, but not in an unsafe way. I would definitely recommend this for those who use the ASK and like to completely remove it from the ASK for tablet use.
 

furbzv1

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That’s good to know. I was a little hesitant to order because of the magnet and didn’t know how the skin would impact.
 

Zenga13

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Speak of the devil.... just got my DBrand rear skin and the ASK keyboard still connects without any issue. As far as the magnets sticking to the ASK...you can definitely feel that the connection is a tad bit weaker, but not in an unsafe way. I would definitely recommend this for those who use the ASK and like to completely remove it from the ASK for tablet use.
Does this skin also cover the sides of the ipad?
 

Rory76

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Same here. I’ve had my iCarbons on my 11 for a few days now and no issues with the ASK.
Which skin did you get? Did you get it for both back and sides? How difficult is it to install? Any pics? Thanks!!!!
 

Boardiesboi

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Love BestSkinsEver! Had them for the iPhone 7 Plus and the tolerance is very tight and covers almost every single mm of the device.

I wonder how the edge strips will be applied? Their CAD outlines make it seem like the edge strips aren’t attached to the main back skin?
 
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LxHunter

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Love BestSkinsEver! Had them for the iPhone 7 Plus and the tolerance is very tight and covers almost every single mm of the device.

I wonder how the edge strips will be applied? Their CAD outlines make it seem like the edge strips aren’t attached to the main back skin?
I believe the side strips are not attached to the back. They are a separate item on the order page.
I want the side/edge coverage because that’s where my devices get dinged.
Ordered the matte version.
Same as I have on my MacBook.
Almost invisible.
Ordered Friday so should have them in about a week (in Canada)
 
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Boardiesboi

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I believe the side strips are not attached to the back. They are a separate item on the order page.
I want the side/edge coverage because that’s where my devices get dinged.
Ordered the matte version.
Same as I have on my MacBook.
Almost invisible.
Ordered Friday so should have them in about a week (in Canada)
Tiny edge strips will be extremely hard to apply :/

Please report back when you get it :)
 

Zenga13

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Received my Slick Wraps carbon skin. Really love it! Easy to install and it comes with seperate side pieces.. it was really easy to install the side pieces too. Feel much better now it is protected. Works with the keyboard too and there is even a cut-out for the apple pencil but you don’t have to use it. It also charges through the skin.
 
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I believe the side strips are not attached to the back. They are a separate item on the order page.
I want the side/edge coverage because that’s where my devices get dinged.
Ordered the matte version.
Same as I have on my MacBook.
Almost invisible.
Ordered Friday so should have them in about a week (in Canada)
Did your order ship out yet? I’m in Canada too, ordered on Saturday and still hasn’t shipped out...they aren’t even replying to my emails either
 

LxHunter

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Did your order ship out yet? I’m in Canada too, ordered on Saturday and still hasn’t shipped out...they aren’t even replying to my emails either
Have not received.
No email confirming shipment yet after 4 business days.
Sent a support ticket late last night
No response yet but still early am.

UPDATE and CAUTION

Still no response to support ticket and email from Best Skins Ever.
Phoned and went to voice mail.
Opened a PayPal case.
Unfortunate circumstances - have been buying from Best Skins Ever for many years.
Not sure what has happened to them - darn shame though since I really like their matte skins.

Ordered a matte skin from Skinomi.
 
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millydog

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I’ve just ordered the clear Best Skins Ever rear and sides for my 12.9” that I ordered a couple of days ago and is expected to arrive the week before Christmas.
I’m going with the JETech glass protector for the front from Amazon.

I will then feel comfortable removing my iPad from the Apple Folio case when I’m at home and not requiring the stand.
 

itcrashed

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You don’t need protection in your rear
Always use protection.
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Does anyone know of any rear protection that would work with the Smart Keyboard Folio?

I am used to having some type of rear protection on my iPad when I am not using the keyboard and haven't had much luck, has anyone come across anything?
Yes, both dbrand and iCarbons work with ASK.
 

petterihiisila

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Reviving this thread, since it’s one of the top Google hits on the topic, and I couldn’t yet find a definitive answer. So here’s one.

Some people have speculated, if Dbrand’s Dragon Skin would be too thick for ASK. I can confirm that it’s not. The magnets still connect like glue on a 12.9” iPad Pro, and the keyboard is instantly recognized.

A bit of a backstory for those who are thinking about how to set up their new iPads.

I tried Logitech’s Folio Pro keyboard for a week, but it became too heavy for daily home office use. I would keep it, if I did constant road trips and had to throw the iPad around a lot. Logitech has such good padding and protection. But for me they were overkill. Too much weight for the value.

I still needed a keyboard though. Apple’s solution is thin and lightweight. I will keep it attached most of the time, and when I don’t need it, it’s quick to remove. Logitech’s isn’t, not even once a day.

With the iPad detached, it’s prone to scratches, especially the back, since the iPad needs to be laying down somewhere, when not in use. But Dbrand’s skin solves that issue. The Dragon Skin texture also makes the iPad much more grippy. Accidentally dropping the device becomes much less likely now.

Now that I’ve confirmed these two work well together, I think I’m going to settle with the Apple+Dbrand setup. The risk of accidental drop damage is still there, since the protective layers are thin or don’t exist. But scratches are what I’m more worried about, since they are harder to control, and they quickly lower the resell value. For the worst-case drop damage scenario there’s insurance. It’s a calculated risk vs. comfort.

So, I would be happy to recommend ASK and Dbrand (even Dragon Skin) for those who need a lightweight setup with scratch resistance and are OK with limited drop protection.
 
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