The groundbreaking MacCase Premium Leather 11" case for iPad Pro has arrived and the response has been exceptional. Customers calling it the best iPad Pro 11 case available. 

Throughout the 9 year history of designing and building the gold standard in Apple tablet protection MacCase has learned a lot. All the ideas, knowledge, understanding, passion and talent have gone into creating an 11" Folio of real distinction and elegance. 

When the newest iPads were announced by Apple, MacCase got right to work. Contrary to popular belief, MacCase finds out about the new Apple products the same way as everyone else does, at the Apple Events. 

We got what we expected with the new Apple tablets. Two new designs without a home button and a minimal bezel that incorporates all the technology of the latest iPhones. 

Once we had a look at the new offerings, our design process begun. Choices are made and directions are taken to bring new products to life with the features, functionality and design excellence MacCase has built it's 20 year leadership reputation on. 

MacCase has been making Apple tablet cases since Steven Jobs introduced the first one back in 2010. We feel the solutions for our new Premium Leather 11 iPad Pro Folio and 12.9 Folio are the most advanced, feature filled folio designs to date. In essence, this is the best work we've ever done for a folio style case. 

The best 11 iPad Pro case shown in vintage brown and black leather

What is the best iPad Pro 11 case to you?

While the term "best" is a subjective thing, everyone know's it when they see it relative to what is important to them. Every once in a while we get a phone call, letter or email from the customer who has a very clear idea in their mind about what the "best" is to them. 

In this instance, what makes up the best iPad Pro 11 case. Is it leather? Does it allow for customization? What is the quality like? Is there a Pencil holder? Does it look professional? Will it last? Does it represent a great value? Will it protect the Apple Pencil when the Pencil is charging? Do these sound like the types of questions you were asking when you started looking for an 11" iPad Pro case you would call "the best"? 

One such customer, Mark W. recently wrote to tell us of his journey. Pay particular attention to the long list of competing products he also tried before sending them back and keeping the MacCase Premium Leather 11" Folio. Below is a transcript of his letter:

"This is my second MacCase iPad Folio. I had one for my iPad Pro 10.5” and now for the 11” iPad Pro. I was immediately thrilled with 11" Folio. The padding used in the exterior of the case, the quality of the leather and interior cloth, the careful attention to details like stitching and camera protection were all amazing.

I also tried the Kavaj London, Toro, and Pad & Quill. The Kavaj product has always given me the impression of having used thin minimalist materials whose edges won’t last the month. The Toro used good leathers and soft cloth but we’re mounted on a flimsy inner board that bent easily especially at the corner from hell (camera, on/off, and volume).

The Pad & Quil used a very thick leather cover material, was stitched very well, but had NO edge protection. The 3M mounting adhesive system simply ‘glued’ the back of the bare iPad to the inside of the case...meaning, no edge protection. And I could never get used to the strap.

The MacCase 11" Premium Leather Folio uses the best leather (Vintage) I’ve seen. The padded case is just the right thickness and closes authoritatively onto the surface of the iPad (I count five small round magnets under the inner padding of the lid). A polymer tray is used to hold the iPad securely in place.

I spent a while on the phone with Michael at MacCase who discussed the uses of all available tray/shell materials. Polycarbonate was considered, but in time, it cracks. Silicone was considered but dirt and grim build up on its surface.

The polymer material selected for use in this folio is strong enough to hold the iPad securely especially in the corners and along the bottom but is thick enough and elastic enough to act as a rubber bumper of sorts along the short edges and bottom.

The top edge of the iPad is uncovered just enough for the secure atachment of the new Pencil. Additionally, the flaps of the folio extend past the long edge of the iPad just far enough to cover even the pencil insuring that it won’t get knocked off its attachment point to the iPad.

The Vintage leather is natural and unfinished....and Very Soft. It will show scratches and in time natural oils from your hands. Regardless, it is in my opinion the way a fine learther should be showcased.

Since it’s prone to dry out more quickly, Michael recommends treating it every 6 to 12 months with the same product used on baseball gloves, boots, and tack. If you took the time to read this review, I think you’ll like this case as much as I do. "

We's like to thank Mark for taking the time to write such an extensive review. It was so extensive it did not fit in the standard product review format on the product page. So we included it here in it's entirety. 

The Apple Pencil in the charging position

The Best 11 iPad Pro Case Comes with the Best Customer Service

Whenever we have a new form factor to design for, we always reach out to our customers and potential customers asking what they want in a new design. (If you have an idea, let us know). This interaction with customers on a first hand, one-to-one basis is one of the things that sets MacCase apart. 

Luckily, our management team has a policy of staying close to the customers. If you call us during business hours chances are the President of the company will answer the phone himself. This is somewhat unprecedented in a world of voice mail, answering machines and gatekeepers. The reason this is done at MacCase is to stay close to the customer. 

If someone has an idea, MacCase President and Chief Creative Officer, Michael Santoro can talk to you and hear your feedback and suggestions first hand. If a customer calls with a product question, Michael can answer it as well.

What other company provides the benefit of having your specific product questions not only answered by the person who designed it, but who is also the President of the company?

Moreover, what if you have problem you are trying to resolve? There is no better person to make sure you are taken care of than the boss. Again, this kind of unheard of personal attention is one of the key things that set MacCase apart. Staying close to customers helped him create the best iPad Pro 11 cases. 

The overall size of the 11 model is same as the old 10.5. There in lies the rub: If you trade up of the new model, you get a bigger screen in the same compact size of the 10.5 model. All current MacCase 10.5 cases like our Premium Leather  iPad Pro Sleeve and Flight Jacket fit the new 11 with the exception of our Premium Leather Folio.

For the new 11" designs, it was time for a revolution vs. an evolution of our existing 10.5 design. We didn't think outside the box, we threw the box away. How the Apple tablet is held in the case has changed radically. The near bezeless screen called for this. 

We have seen bezeless or frameless designs for handheld devices before. Several competitors for the iPhone feature screens that go to the end of the device with some that even curve and go over the edge like a waterfall along the long axis. 

A Better 11 Folio

The overall length and width of the 11 tablet will remain similar to the 10.5. Thicknesses have been reduced yet again yet each generation seems to pack more and more technology and features inside a slimmer case. One way they were able to decrease the thickness was to square up the rear panel. 

The Apple Pencil is protected in the best 11 ipad pro folio case

The new rear panel doesn't have the "lead in" to the edges the previous models had. Putting a much more squared up shoulder on the rear panel of the case, allows for much more room for much more stuff. Apple took advantage of this. 

This is the kind of opportunity MacCase looks for. 

Of course for MacCase, Apple eliminating the bezel around the screen meant there was no way of holding the iPad in place based on our legacy Folio design. MacCase has been using a custom stamped alloy steel frame that held the Apple tablet in place for our Premium Leather Folios over the last 8 years. 

This was achieved by covering the bezel with the frame. No bezel, no frame, no way of holding the tablet in place! With Apple releasing a design without a bezel, our Premium Leather iPad Pro 11 Folio had to be radical. 

And they are. But no matter how radical the designs get, there is one thing that will remain: Our world class quality. It was mentioned previously that MacCase has been around for 20 years. We invented the Apple-speicifc case market in 1998 with a case for the original iBook. In 2007 we reinvented the market with our Premium Leather Collection. 

As our target customer has grown up and matured, MacCase has been right there with them protecting their Apple portables whether they were going to the local coffee shop down the street or a coffee plantation on the other side of the world. Our reputation for building the world's best cases, bags, sleeves and backpacks for Apple portables has been well earned. It is our mission to deliver the best iPad Pro 11 case as well. 

11 iPad Case with custom accessories

iPad Accessories for an iPad Accessoy

How MacCase responded to the new Appel tablets is something we are very proud of. Customers have been asking for features like a place for business cards, a place for papers and a place for the AC adapter and cable. Our new designs provide options for those who want one of more of these features without penalizing those who don't. 

Along with these 3 optional accessories, a separate Premium Leather Apple Pencil case is also available in matching distressed Vintage brown or classic, black pebble grain hides. The Pencil Case beautifully integrates into the front cover of the 11" Folio through the use of heavy duty, high-gauss magnets.

If you've been shopping for a case for your 11" Apple tablet on sites like Amazon or eBay, you may have noticed a lot of options priced well below what the cost of the new MacCase is. This is because these cases are designed to be disposable. Literally. There not designed to last much longer than a pair of children's sneakers.

Why? So you buy another a month later, of course. It's a sick cycle of designing garbage, selling garage and then you, the customer, finally throwing the garbage away. 

We have a much different way of looking at product design at MacCase. It's one rooted in caring about quality, about producing authentic products of substance.You don't last 20 + years in an industry dominated by companies producing really cheap competing products unless you're doing something fundamentally right. 

It always pays to remember that if you've purchased an Apple tablet, you've bought the most expensive tablet computer on Earth. The most expensive. The world is being taught to buy things on discount while the quality of the actual product was stripped out long before it hit the shelf, or now, your screen. 

This is blatantly apparent when it comes to Apple tablet cases. The market is littered with low cost, poorly made attempts at protection. MacCase stands as an anathema to this. We try to put the best product we can into the world. We make cases, bags and sleeves that are designed to protect your investment in your digital technology.

Do you really want to protect it with the cheapest case you can find? Would you park your expensive, luxury car in a garage made from refrigerator boxes and duct tape? 

Quality matters.

If it didn't matter to you, would you have bought an Apple tablet when there are so many more less expensive options available? Why should your choice in a case to protect it and express your personal style be any different? 

Cases With a Longer Lifecycle

At a certain point in the iPad product development cycle, Apple got off the yearly development cycle treadmill and moved to an 18 month development cycle. The iPhone remains on the yearly cycle. Maybe the innovation curve, competition and rate of change in the phone space in so great that Apple has to stay on the yearly cycle for iPhone. 

But for the iPads, Apple saw a chance to take a deep breathe and relax a bit. I sure this news was welcomed by the family members of all the Apple employees who work on the tablet design and development programs. Having 18 months to bring a product to market versus 12 means less overtime, less working weekends and stress being brought home from the office. 

The push out to an 18 month product development cycle was also welcomed news at MacCase. It means less stress for us too. Being on a 12 month product cycle is extremely difficult and strressful. Looking at the prospect of developing potentially new designs for the iPad Pro 11 inch case, we know that if we do so, they'll be around a while. This helps with managing development costs, inventory, production, almost every aspect of our business. 

But with any program that we take on, our main focus is always on you, the potential and returning customer. We always ask ourselves what might our customers want in a new 11 inch case? What are they looking for in a case that they are not getting in our current lineup or assortment now? How can we improve our current designs to make them even better?

These questions and more were the guiding light for the design direction we followed to create the world's best 11" iPad Pro case.   

"This is the best iPad Pro 11 case I have found"

Jody K. Deane
by Jody K. Deane December 20, 2016

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