Premium Leather 2018 iPad Pro 12.9 Case
Availability: PRE-ORDER NOW! - ETA Inbound
• Limited first run supply
• Pre-Order guarantess delivery upon availabilty
• $5.05 flat rate U.S. ground shipping
How does the pre-order work?
- A pre-order is an order placed for a product that is in development and will be available soon
- Your pre-order guarantees you'll receive a case that is made during the first production run
- Payment for the product will be collected when the pre-order is placed
- A full refund will be given upon customer request if your plans change
When will my Folio ship?
- The products are inbound. We expect to have them in hand to ship the week of January 21st.
What Problem Does This Product Solve?
- Provides a quality way to protect / transport your 3rd generation 12.9 and accessories
- Will last at least as long as you own the tablet
- No need to keep buying case after case due to poor quality
- Timeless, handmade design reflects your good taste
- Meets your need for a professional, well made, durable, protective and aesthetically pleasing case
- Premium, vegetable dyed, ultra "soft hand" leathers
- Hand crafted, one at a time, as an individual expression of the leather making art
- Choose from authentic, unfinished, real Vintage brown or
- Classic professional, pebble grain, satin black hides
- Contrasting, curved white stitching highlights the industry's highest build quality
- Available for Customization Program. Click here for information
- Frameless design creates the appearance of your 12.9 floating in the case
- Innovative polymer tray will never wear out and never needs to be replaced
- Tray material is impact absorbant and provides excellent corner protection
- Folio will cover the Apple Pencil when Pencil is in the charging position
- "Infinite Angle" adjustability from near 90 to near 20 degrees
- Completely padded, smart cover technology with auto on/ off feature
- Black ultra suede interior and space gray tray provides 100% distraction free experience
- Elegant magnetic case closure
- Full camera integration
- Choose from 4 optional, matching, attachable / detachable Accessories:
- Apple Pencil Holder - Holds Apple Pencil or similar sized stylist
- Cable Pouch - Holds all your iPad cables, adapters, ear buds, etc.
- Paper Holder - Holds up to 8 sheets
- Business Card Holder - Holds up to a dozen cards
- Limited Lifetime Warranty / 14 Day Return Policy / $5.05 Flat Rate Shipping
- Shipping to most places in Canada is $54 USD
- Any questions? Call M-F 10-4 PST, chat or use the contact box below
Who is This Product For?
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2018 iPad Pro 12.9 Case - Design Preview
The latest in a series of interviews about the story behind the design of MacCase products. For this interview, we are speaking to MacCase President and Chief Creative Officer Michael Santoro about the what to expect from the new MacCase 2018 12.9 iPad Pro case for the 3rd generation of Apple's largest tablet.
JKD- Well you knew this was coming. What has the process been like since the October Apple event?
MS: Very stressful. The time between when Apple makes their product announcements and when we have the products to protect them in stock and shipping are some of our most stressful days around here. It's a challenge and all the design and creative juices are flowing which is great. This is offset by the stress of not having what people want and need right now. It's not fun.
Art Takes Time
JKD: How difficult is it not to have the products ready to go when the new iPads are announced?
MS: It's hard. We've done our best to condense the process and minimize the delay. I'm sure a certain number of them believe that MacCase has some inside track to what Apple is going to do next. Let me state this once and for all, we don't, (laughing).
We find out at the Apple events like everybody else. We get the specs when they become available, buy the products when they become available and begin our design process at that time.
We do get many potential customers who realize this and ask when we'll have then new cases available. We are under the gun to get the new designs into customer hands as soon as possible. At the same time we have to design, develop, test and retest to make sure the design has no issues. Art takes time.
It would be much worse to ship a product with an inherent flaw than to spend an extra 2 weeks making sure it's perfect. But the pressure to get things to market as soon as possible is always there.
It doesn't let up until the customer has the product in hand and is using it, defect free. Hopefully that experience is accompanied by a big smile and a warm fuzzy feeling for what we have delivered. That's the dream anyway.
Reserve a 2018 iPad Pro Case Because....
JKD: If someone is looking to place a reservation for the new case, what would you tell them?
MS: We're here to make those dreams come true. If they are looking for the best folio style case for the third generation 12.9, what we will deliver will be worth the wait. If they are tired of half baked solutions from fly-by-night companies and are looking for an adult, professional solution to protect their extremely expensive Apple tablet, we will deliver that for them. Designing and building the best iPad Folios is what MacCase has been doing since 2010.
Our designs evolve. Each generation gets better than the the next. This is why we have some of the most loyal customers who come back to us generation after iPad generation. We've designed for all of them and the new gen 3 12.9 leather folio is going to be a special leap forward.
JKD: For the last 8 years you've used a frame over the bezel to hold the Apple tablet in the case. Are you going to stick with using a frame? The bezel around the screen has been minimized like never before. How will this affect your design?
MS: Like you said earlier, we knew this was coming. Not because we have some secret mole inside Apple. We don't. Because the iPhone tends to lead the way. What happens on the iPhone will probably show up on the tablet for the next redesign. On the last iPhone, we got this special "X" model with a near bezel-less screen, no home button, etc.
For the October Apple event, we got new tablets with...... drumroll please.......a near bezel-less screen and no home button. There is a technology transfer and also a aesthetic transfer as well. Jonathan Ive keeps the look "all in the family". Visually, the devices relate across the Apple line just like they do with ours.
Knowing this was coming we planned for it by eliminating the frame around the bezel that holds the iPad in the case. We replaced it with a polymer tray and launched our keyboard compatible case. This has been a huge hit despite the release coming later than we would have liked.
The design works and customers have called to tell me it's the best MacCase they've ever seen and used. That is very rewarding to hear. I knew the design was special and it's great to get that kind of feedback from users in the real world.
These are people who are on their 4th or 5th MacCase product. They get what we do and appreciate the passion and commitment we bring to each design. For them to take time to call or email and let us know it's the best design we've ever done, that really means a lot.
Another huge contingent of the customers who have purchased the keyboard compatible case are new to MacCase, new to the brand. Exceeding their expectations has also been one of the highlights of the year so far. After 20 years of doing this, it feels great to bring new people to the brand with a home run design.
What Will The 3rd Generation iPad Pro Case Be Like?
JKD: Like you've just mentioned, you've just released the keyboard compatible Folios. There is a lot happening in this space. How do you approach the design process for these new cases?
MS: We've looked at several groundbreaking Folio solutions in the short amount of time the new Pros have been available. Some I really loved. But they were too expensive to produce. It's difficult to choose a design direction when you have several top performing solutions. We spent countless hours on the engineering to come up with what we feel will be the best performing design.
People often ask me what I do and I describe myself as a "design entrepreneur". At it's core, MacCase is a design company. People pay $150+ for one of our iPad cases because they are better than what's out there and they are better because of the design. They're smart and smart people like to use things that acknowledge their intelligence. Our designs respect our customers.
Part of the label of "design entrepreneur" is entrepreneur. To me that means not being married to any one thing regarding how the company operates. If there is a better process to do something, whether it's manufacturing, how we process an order, create our designs, that change needs to be embraced. In a lot of ways, we'll still feel like a start up.
I learned about Kaizen in the car industry and have used the philosophy for 20 years at MacCase. When I sat down to pen the 3rd generation 12.9 iPad Pro case, I had a Kaizen moment. I saw a better way to do the new leather case. I spoke to my lead engineer and production director about it and we all agreed it was the way to go. Now we have to make it happen which is always easier said then done.
JKD: What can customers expect from the forthcoming design then?
MS: Because we are a design driven company, for us design doesn't stop at the appearance or the materials. At this point we are well past that. We're designing the user experience. That is what we did with the keyboard compatible cases and it shows. Customers are literally emotional once they get their tablet in the case and start using it. That's not an accident.
It's funny because when I first started using the keyboard folio, I had the same experience. I was walking around my house watching a Formula 1 race with the 12.9 keyboard folio unfolded in my hand like a serving tray. It was perfectly balanced and felt light and airy which for the 12.9, it's an amazing feet. It never feels that way. Thats' a big piece of glass!
Then a minute later sat down to type an email. The whole experience was seamless and flawless. It's like the case knew what I wanted to do next and way ready. It's wasn't fighting me. I was working with me in way that I had never experienced with a tablet before. I thought, " Yeah, this is going to work".
JKD: So how do you do that? How do you design the user experience?
MS: That's a trade secret. (laughing)
Customer Driven Functionality
JKD: Tell us about the aesthetics of the case. Why will it look the way it does?
MS: Just like with car design, over the last 20 years we've built an extremely strong brand equity with the visual vocabulary of the Premium Leather Collection. MacCase products only look like MacCase products. They're original, timeless, yet fit a contemporary aesthetic. We've talked about this before. It's extremely hard to consistently produce designs that walk this fine line.
We took this aesthetic that expressed the craft, the making of something and combined with customer driven functionality. MacCase leather cases are not just a single piece of hide folded around your Apple tablet. Our designs are akin to classical music. There are themes and sub-themes, a narrative. They endear themselves to their owners because of this sophistication.
The new Folios will carry that forward. The art is combining that sophistication with a elegant solution for expanding how customers interact with their cover and what they can do with it. This combination of the art and craft married to seamless functionality will be a very strong part of the new case for 2018 12.9 iPad Pro.
JKD: Let's talk about the options. Can you go over what's available?
MS: The options will be the same as the keyboard models. The ever poplar Apple Pencil holder or pencil case, the document or paper holder, a pouch for cables and adopters and a business card holder.
JKD: What has the feedback been on these options since customers have been using them with the keyboard compatible models?
MS: Customers have been asking for expanded functionality for years and they are working perfectly on the keyboard models. Again, we could have sewn all these little pockets to the front and back of the case but that is not the MacCase way. There is nothing innovative about that and it looks terrible too. What we've come up with is something truly groundbreaking and elegant.
JKD: Well you've convinced me. I can't wait to see them. Thank you again for your time.
MS: It's always a pleasure Jody.
- 12.9 - 11.50" x 9" x .5"
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