iPad Pro Sleeves: The Gold Standard
Whether you read the customer reviews on our site or others, on our blog or others, in print magazines or their digital cousins, the verdict is the same. We set out to design and build the best iPad Pro Sleeves and based on the feedback we are happy to say we think we achieved that goal.
Our choice of premium hides, our unwavering commitment to craftsmanship and design and our industry leading customer service are just part of the equation that sets our Apple-specific tablet covers apart.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…… Oh wait, that's a different story. Way back when the internet was still searched by Netscape Navigator or AOL (kids, ask your parents), MacCase created a briefcase for the original clamshell iBook. It took off and was a big hit.
The very next product we designed and brought to market was a Sleeve for the Powerbook. They were deceptively simple in appearance but protected like a armored car parked in a bank vault. MacCase had a second hit on it's hands.
Our designs are different from other manufactures through our use of how we layer the materials. Even Apple's own sleeve just uses a sheet of leather and that's about it. No padding and no closure. Not very protective.
Each layer of material we use to construct our designs serves a purpose as does each element and detail. When you have been making slip cases like this to protect portable hardware for as long as we have, you learn a lot of things. One major things that we have learned is that our designs work.
A Sleeve for iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard
As the original design evolved and the Premium Leather Collection was created, the sleeve designed migrated to the leather line as well. With the release of the original Apple tablet, customers began to ask for a sleeve to store, protect and transport them in. MacCase saw this as a chance to shake up our sleeve design a bit.
Our original Apple tablet sleeve featured a first ever magnetic closure for the flap. The solid-state flash memory allowed for the introduction of magnets where as magnets could negatively affect the old school hard drives of Apple's laptops.
On the black version, we used a dual texture theme combining a smooth leather center stripe with our classic pebble grain hide. It was a very handsome combination.
Paired with our dual textured black version was the enduring beauty and charm of our distressed vintage hides. Attempts at copying this wonderful leather are often made and often fail spectacularly. Customers love the way it patinas in over time. When it came time to design sleeve for iPad Pro, we made sure our Vintage hide was part of the program.
With over 20 years of sleeve design experience, we have come to know what customers are looking for in how their slip cases fit. What we have found is a "relaxed fit" is preferred. This relaxed fit allows for the size Apple tablet to be accompanied by it's matching Smart Keyboard. Together, they both slide in and out with ease and can be kept safe and protected.
iPad Pro 11-inch Sleeve: Creating the Best
When it came time to design an iPad Pro 11-inch sleeve, we were at a crossroads. Do we follow the design vocabulary of the the laptop sleeves with our signature window, do we do something that more closely aligned the new case with the tablet model we already had, or go off in a new direction altogether?
Well, form follows function or in this case, form is function and the need for a place to store the Apple Pencil or similar stylist suggested a vertical pocket that could be integrated into the overall design of the case.
When the smoke cleared and the dust settled, the new sleeves looked very similar to the original sleeve we did for Apple's original tablet. This was not intentional. The MacCase design aesthetic is based on a timelessness. We strive for this in every design we do.
The hallmark feature of the new iPad 11-inch Sleeve is the centrally located pocket for the Apple Pencil or similar stylist. We wanted to highlight the pencil pocket so contrasting white thread is used around this area.
The Pencil, once placed into the pocket is kept safe and secure unlike so many other Pro cases that leave the $100 Apple Pencil dangling on the outside of the case or slid into some exterior pen loop. The Pencil holder on the new sleeve is completely padded and lined. The same vertical center stripe is mirrored on rear panel to tie the design together, complimented by very subtle branding.
iPad Pro 12.9-inch Sleeve: Proven Protection
One of the best features about our new leather 11-inch or 12.9-inch Sleeve is how feature rich the design is even if it appears deceptively simple upon first glance. Sleeves should be designed to protect the hardware first.
That is the primary goal. This has always been the primary goal for our Sleeve designs here at MacCase. We were very good at it when we started and have only gotten better as the years have passed. We often refer to our designs as the gold standard, meaning they are the standard by which all others are judged. Apple's own slip case is $40 more expensive, a lot less protective and uses much more delicate and easily damaged leather.
This is nothing more than scrap bits of leather mixed with scrap bits of vinyl mixed with a bonding paste to create a film. The film it left to dry and the panels to make the bags are cut from this. Bonded leather lacks the smell and "hand" of real hides. Real hides are all we use at MacCase.
Sleeve Design Details
Details like our perimeter bumper pipping that help absorb the small impacts of ever day life so they never reach the edge of your tablet. A simple and elegant magnetic closure system secures the flap preventing the tablet from every falling out and preventing contaminates from getting inside. All of these features can be found on each of our 10.5, 10.9, 11 and 12.9 models.
At MacCase, we would not have it any other way. Feedback from customers often starts with a mention of how they love the integrated Pencil holder. How it's the best solution offered by any manufacturer for protecting the Apple Pencil.
At MacCase, our slip cases are a symbol of our 20 year commitment to building the Pinnacle of Apple Portable Protection. These products have proven how well they protect. The attention to detail is unparalleled. Our hides are world class to match the build quality. Why are we so meticulous and obsessive about some as simple as a slip case for a tablet computer? It's our passion. We love this stuff!
Do you have an idea to improve our Sleeves?While we offer a full breathe of Premium Leather cases we are always looking to improve them. We're interested in getting feedback from customers and potential customers on what they're looking for in new designs and ways to improve our current models. If you have an ideas, you can use the contact tab link to write us and let us know.