The best 3rd Party keyboard for the iPad Pro

I have been using this IEGrow keyboard case for the 10.5" iPad Pro for about a week now, and in my opinion it is the best keyboard case I have used for the iPad Pro. That opinion includes my use of the Apple Smart Keyboard. What I like about it is the keyboard features a backlit keyboard, which has 7 colors to choose from, if that is something you are interested in. The backlights can be adjusted to 3 levels of brightness, including turning them completely off if you do not need backlighting on your keyboard.

The only negative that I can think of with this keyboard case is the weight, it does add a considerable amount of bulk/weight to the iPad. The keyboard case weighs 1.69 pounds, which double the weight the of the iPad; but, if you are wanting a laptop experience with an iPad this is not as big of an issue in the grand scheme of things.

Keyboard highlights:
- Backlit keyboard with 7 different colors of lighting
- 360ยบ swivel design
- Convertible style keyboard case so you can flip the iPad back and use like a normal tablet
- Fully functioning keyboard
- Price, less than $60
- Battery life is around 100 hours
- Charge time is 1-2 hours
- Bluetooth 4.0

You can purchase the IEGrow F360 Keyboard case on Amazon for only $58.99:

Benuo Leather Folio for the iPad Pro

I picked up a new leather folio for my 10.5" iPad Pro. This one is from Benuo, normally it is $52 on Amazon, currently it is on sale for only 25.99 (, so I figured why not?!

The case has all the cut-outs for the speakers, microphones, headphone jack, camera/flash, and of course the Lightning connector. It is made of quality leather on the outside, with a rubber mold to hold the iPad in the case, and a soft inside so it doesn't scratch the iPad while it is in the folio. The cover activates the sleep/wake function of the iPad as well.

You can fold the front cover back for different viewing angles. Either prop it up to watch videos, or lay it down in "typing mode" while using it on your desk.

This case also has a slot for the Apple Pencil as well, and the best thing about this Pencil slot is it doesn't stick out on the side of the case, it located on the inside, so when you fold the folio to close it, it feels more natural, almost like the Pencil isn't even there.

It doesn't add any extra bulk to the iPad, it still feels thin, and light.

The case does need to be broken-in for a few days so that the front cover is not so tight when you want to prop it open. After a few days the case will prop up without issue, and the outside will show those terrific "worn leather" look too.

If you are looking for a folio for your iPad Pro, one that also holds the Apple Pencil, this is one I would not have a problem recommending!


  • Minimalist Business Style: Specially for the 2017 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Ultra slim profile, handcrafted with top notch leather, a user-friendly companion for on-the-go use, perfectly takes your iPad to meet a client or attend a business meeting.
  • Built-in Apple Pencil Holder: Unlike other Pro cases, Our case features the built-in slot inside for grabbing the Apple Pencil safely and snugly. Never again will you worry it gets lost.
  • Smart Cover and Stand Feature: Handy auto sleep/wake functionality prevents unnecessary power consumption. Tri-fold cover converts into optimal orientation for reading, videos watching and Face Time. Also supports views for typing and drawing.
  • Rugged Protective Case: Soft microfiber interior and air cushion rubber back holder empowers it to defend your tablet from bumps, accidental impacts, scratches and dust. Extend edges protects the raised camera when facing up on the desk.
  • Precise Cutout: Full quick access to camera, flash, speakers, lightning port, earphone jack, microphone ensures you have hassle-free time while using your device.

Budget Keyboard Case for the 10.5" iPad Pro from KuGi

If you are wanting a budget keyboard case for your 10.5" iPad Pro, then the case from KuGi might be the case you are looking for. It is Bluetooth, so it doesn't connect to the iPad as easily as the Samrt Keyboard; but, it only takes a few seconds to connect the keyboard to the iPad Pro by turning on Bluetooth. 

The Pros:
Protects the front and back of the iPad
Has a case for the Apple Pencil
Works great
Battery life is decent

Doesn't use the Smart Connector on the iPad
Getting the iPad out of the case is a pain

Yes, I recommend the keyboard case. It is worth the money in my opinion. It isn't as nice as the Smart Keyboard Case from Apple, but it is a 1/5 of the price.

BUY on Amazon:

KuGi Keyboard case only $32.95:

Colored Cases from KuGi only $37.95;

AnsTOP Lanyard for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

This lanyard is really handy if you want something to bring to the gym with you so your iPhone or S8+ doesn't fall out of you pocket while you're working out. What if you don't have any pockets at all? This is what you need then, now you can keep your phone with you at all times and not worry about losing it while on the exercise bike, or riding a mountain bike, etc.

Universal Fit - Compatible with Apple iPhone 7, 7 Plus, , 6, 6S, 6S Plus, 6Plus, 5, 5S, 5C, 4, 4S, Samsung Galaxy S Series, Note Series, Edge Series, LG Phones, Motorolla Phones, Nokia Phones, HTC Phones, Asus Phones, Huawei Phones. Any phones that are from 3.5 inches to 6.5 inches.

$9.99 Single Pack:
$15.99 Double Pack:

Apple Watch Gear

If you want to add some color to your Apple Watch, these cases and bands will do the trick. Fintie also has some other dope bands for the Apple Watch as well, be sure to check them out!

($13.99) Fintie Apple Watch band:
($9.99) Fintie Apple Watch cases:

JETech "SmartCase" for the 10.5" iPad Pro

Buy the JETech "SmartCase" for only $13.99:

If you have been wanting a full case, similar to the old Apple SmartCase, for your 10.5" iPad Pro, then checkout this JETech case. It offers full front and back scratch protection. Keep those scratches to a minimum!

A few thoughts: It does NOT add any bulk to the iPad, it still feels just as thin and light as it does without the case. While it doesn't offer the most protection for the iPad Pro, it offers enough if you take good care of your iPad. The Sleep/Wake function works perfectly.

How to layer text behind an image in Affinity Photo for iPad

For the last two weeks or so, I have been digging down into Affinity Photo on the iPad. While it is not a Photoshop on the Mac replacement for me, it is the closet thing to Photoshop on the iPad.

In this video below, I am showing you how to add text between and object in an image and the background of the same picture. This is the same workflow I would use in Photoshop on my Mac, more or less, and it works quite nicely on the iPad. Here is how you do it:

The workflow to achieve something like this isn’t much different from what I would do on my Mac in Photoshop, although it is a few more steps. It is a bit more cumbersome to navigate to open the different settings panels, whereas in Photoshop on my Mac, I can arrange workspace and have to panels open and ready for adjustments. But, that doesn’t mean Affinity Photo is any worse to use, it just means it takes some more getting used to doing so.

The new 10.5” iPad Pro is very powerful, and while you can use Affinity Photo on older iPad’s, I think it was built with this new iPad Pro in mind, which means it runs great. I have not had the first crash running Affinity Photo on my new iPad Pro, and if you are looking for a great image editor on the iPad, then I highly recommend you checkout Affinity Photo on the iPad:

Also, if you watched the above demo video, I mentioned an app called Trigraphy, if you are interested in checking that app out, it is free to download in the App Store: