RIP Apple Leather Smart Case - no Smart Case for the 9.7" iPad Pro

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  1. mcdj macrumors 604

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    Well, the Apple store is back up and once again, a new iPad is unveiled with no accompanying leather Smart Case.

    When no leather Smart Case was announced at the iPad Mini 4 launch, some speculated it would be forthcoming. Today's 9.7" Pro announcement would appear to quash those hopes.

    Sure, there are pleather knockoffs, but the fit is seldom perfect, and the "smart" magnets are often "dumb".

    The silicone back and smart cover combo fits and works well, but lacks the look of leather, and is oddly more expensive by quite a bit.

    A sad day for Apple leather case fans. Let's hope they reconsider...
     
  2. lulla01 macrumors 68020

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    They basically phased out leather and up'd prices for silicone. Thats how cheap they are becoming.
     
  3. myrtlebee macrumors 68000

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    I can attest that the silicone case is inferior to the leather. Just in the few days I've had the silicone case for my mini 4 it has been a pain in the ass because it attracts so much lint, dust, and hair. The only way to really remove it is to wipe it down with a damp towel, which is less than ideal since the lightning port is exposed. I have the charcoal gray version, which probably makes the problem most noticeable, but I want a neutral color, and the white will no doubt become dirty or stained. Additionally, it is significantly thicker than the Apple leather Smart Case I had when I owned an Air 2. Oh well.
     
  4. profets macrumors 68040

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    I guess this also means that all new iPads (mini 4 and both Pros) have new Smart Covers that not align with the edge of the iPad (they stick out slightly to line up with the silicone rear case). Such a disappointment.
     
  5. Inksworth macrumors regular

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    Is there any word on if the existing leather case would work? I know it'd cover up the led flash and top speakers -- but I'm not sure I care all that much as a person who uses it on mute 90+% of the time.
     
  6. profets macrumors 68040

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    Considering the size is identical, I'm sure it would fit.
     
  7. myrtlebee macrumors 68000

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    The protruding camera ring could be a problem.
     
  8. profets macrumors 68040

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    Ah good point. I wonder how that would line up.

    I myself am a fan of just using a Smart Cover. Very curious if the existing iPad Air/2 Smart Covers will work (if the magnets will line up correctly).
     
  9. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    Do folks think the iPad Pro 9.7" leather cases are simply late to the store and will be coming "Soon(tm)" or has there been any indication from Apple that they have been dropped due to lower than expected sales?
     
  10. profets macrumors 68040

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    I think it's pretty clear at this point that they won't be coming. They've instead gone with a rear case + smart cover combination instead. Nice idea actually, but unfortunately the selection being limited to silicone and the pricing being higher just sucks.
     
  11. myrtlebee macrumors 68000

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    What slower than expected sales? They never had one for iPad Pro. All recent iPad releases have had Smart Covers and separate silicone cases. The last iPad to get a leather Smart Case was iPad Air 2.
     
  12. Deane2000 macrumors member

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    For everyone who is lamenting the loss of Apple's leather options, and is feeling the sting of paying a high price for their "less than", leather/ silicone combo, MacCase is going to do a Folio for the iPad Pro 9.7 that matches their current case for the 12.9.

    Leather iPad Pro Case

    It would use their Premium Leather hides, be custom fit for the 9.7, have the same integrated Pencil pocket as the 12.9 iPad Pro case, the 4x speaker enhancement feature and auto on/off smart cover tech. No word on a price or expected deliver date.

    When you get done with all the spending on Apple's keyboard cover and then silicone rear cover, you're basically at the same price as the MacCase model which offers much better protection and is all leather despite not having the keyboard. If MacCase's pricing follows the Air Folio they make, their leather Folio for the 9.7 Pro should be around $30 less than the current 12.9 Pro Folio price.
     
  13. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    Many thanks for posting that - it is certainly a comprehensive full case (along the lines of the Oberon Designs cases I have owned for eBook Readers in the past). All the full leather cases are pretty hefty of course.

    I was hoping to be able to get a simple leather back shell without a front cover to just protect the iPad when it is laid on a table as mine doesn't travel. That way I would get the light weight and nice feel without the fluff-attracting properties of silicone. I suppose the alternative is something like a slip case to tide me over while more choices come to the market.
     
  14. augustya macrumors 68000

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    Has Apple not released a Smart case like a complete case which includes front and back protection for the 9.7" iPad Pro ? I did not find it on the apple website ? I am not talking about here about individual front covers and individual silicon back case.
     
  15. Capt T macrumors 6502a

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    They seemed to have gone to the two separate parts case option. Started last fall with the mini 4.
     
  16. augustya macrumors 68000

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    So are you saying even for the iPad Air 2 there was no Apple Case ever made ?
     
  17. Capt T macrumors 6502a

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    There was for the air 2...but that was over a year ago. Mini 4 and iPad pro they went with the separate option
     
  18. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    The new cases are in two parts ordered separately. I like it that way as I can pull off the front cover when not needed.
     
  19. augustya macrumors 68000

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    One of the ruthless money making company again deploying a money churning strategy from poor customers !
     
  20. Newtons Apple macrumors G5

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    I am a Apple stock holder and they are good with me. Most Apple users are not poor or they would be buying Android.

    Entitlement people need not apply.
     
  21. urkel, Mar 24, 2016
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    I have a black leather air2 case that I'm hoping will fit the Pro 9.7. My worry is the camera hole and if Apple will change the magnets enough to make it not work.
     
  22. HiItsMe macrumors 6502

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    They actually did it this way so that you have the option of getting the back case and the smart cover or the back case and a keyboard attachment. I'm sure a large part of the reason was also to make more money but by rare occurrence, it actually has a technical reason as well.
     
  23. urkel macrumors 68030

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    Then how do you explain them doing the "Front cover $40, Back Cover $60" split for the iPad Mini 4 which has no keyboard option.

    Also it was reported that the iPad Air smart covers won't work on Pro9.7 because magnet config changed.
     
  24. Farrellcollie macrumors regular

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    I don't know why they couldn't make both types. That way they keep more money from people like me who simply go to other sources for a case now. They used to make both a case and a cover.
     
  25. OllyW Moderator

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    I can see the benefits of having the two piece case but you really have pay for it.
    The Smart Case for the iPad Air 2 cost £65 in leather while the silicone case and cover for the 9.7" iPad Pro comes in at a whopping £94. :eek:
     

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