The "sleeve" is the new favorite child

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by wakinghour, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. wakinghour macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2012
    If anyone has paid any attention to Apple's website, the new leather sleeve for the iPad Pro is a distinct change from previous iterations.

    The "sleeve" is for people who use apple pencil, whereas the foldable case (old school) is for the computer / typing mode.

    I always liked sleeves better because they are better for quick use on the go, but they were never popular. I'm liking this change.
  2. justinTlME macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2014
    I love apple, but am the first to admit this sleeve is a sham. It's so overpriced it's disgusting. I bought one just to see what it looked like. Super flimsy, no protection. Quick easy return.
  3. danmart macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2015
    Lancs, UK
    The sleeve is clearly aimed at people who primarily think of the iPad as a drawing device, and I'm happy for those people to have something tailored to their use-case.

    Personally I find the Smart Cover the best, as I just flip-and-go. There is no juggling of 'where do I put my case' or similar, and with a compatible back case I'm always covered against droppage. I hope Apple brings back the back, soon.

    But for people into drawing, I can see the slip case being a nice option.
  4. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    The biggest gripe about any sleeve.
  5. penajmz macrumors 68040


    Sep 11, 2008
    New York City
  6. UOThief macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    I primarily use mine as a sketch book/notebook and I actively disliked the sleeve. You're right, that the keyboard smart cover wasn't for me either. But once I got my hands on the sleeve, all I wanted was to return it and get a normal trifold cover (still without keyboard).
  7. danmart macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2015
    Lancs, UK
    The Smart Cover lives up to it's name in my book :)
  8. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I love a good Apple brand accessory--say what you will about the price, at least you know they're going to fit perfectly and be fairly durable. (Over the years, I've found that the Smart Keyboard and Smart Covers are built like tanks and can withstand just about anything.)

    However, I can't do a sleeve of any kind in this case. Mentally, I just can't get past not having some kind of cover attached to the back of the iPad. I used to love the Apple silicon cover for the back paired with the ASK, but it seems they're not going to make those any more. So if I were to get the sleeve, I'd have the keyboard on top, nothing on the back, but the sleeve covering the whole thing. Problem is, I don't like always having my iPad put away. Sometimes I like having it out and ready to use if needed. I will not do that with nothing to protect the back. I have two kids in the house, and if you leave something vulnerable, they will, by nature, find it and destroy it.

    I could use a sleeve with a skin on the back and smart keyboard on the front, but that doesn't protect the camera bump at all. So Apple will not get my money this time around for the leather sleeve. I just pre-ordered a Poetic soft TPU case with built in Pencil holder to go along with my ASK, and the whole setup will fit inside my Swiss Gear iPad bag. Peace of mind as far as protection, and MUCH cheaper overall.
  9. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    There is just the annoyance of the extra weight and uncomfortable grip. If you have a removable cover then you too have to put it some place.

    Leather weighs more.

    My favorite combo is a thin back cover with a strap. Glass screen protector.

    The slip case is nice and can serve as a desk mat. But it offers no angular viewing/typing. Drop protection should not matter as you should have AppleCare+

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