The 12.9-inch iPad is a gargantuan iPad that not everybody needs. Most iPad users will be sufficiently happy with the 11-inch iPad Pro. However, if you use your iPad as the main machine, you want the best iPad that Apple has to offer, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with its Mini-LED display is the best. The bigger screen is good for productivity tasks, sketching, drawing, and content consumption. However, it also makes the iPad Pro more prone to getting scratches. That’s why you should install a screen protector on it to prevent damage. Here are the 8 best screen protectors for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (M1 & M2) you can buy in 2023 to protect its display.
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Best 12.9-inch iPad Pro screen protectors in 2023 (M1 & M2)
In this buying guide, we have added different kinds of screen protectors. You will find some screen protectors are better for writing and sketching as they add extra friction to the Apple Pencil tips, others provide better drop and impact resistance, and some others are better at privacy and eye comfort. So first think of your iPad Pro use, and then buy the screen protector that fits your use case the best. Also, all these screen protectors will work with both M1 and M2 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
- 1. JETech screen protector for 12.9-inch iPad Pro - the affordable choice
- 2. Spigen tempered glass screen protector - the popular choice
- 3. ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass Plus - 3X more shatter protection
- 4. ESR paper-feel and Paperlike screen protectors for Apple Pencil users
- 5. Ocushield anti-blue light screen protector - eye care screen protector
- 6. Mothca screen protector for iPad Pro 12.9-inch - the matte one
- 7. ProCase iPad Pro 12.9-inch protector - privacy screen protector
- 8. Urban Armor Gear iPad Pro screen protector - Ultra-slim tempered glass
1. JETech screen protector for iPad Pro 12.9-inch
We start our list with the best budget option. The JETech screen protector for iPad Pro 12.9-inch is a tempered glass screen protector which uses 0.33-inch thick 9H hardness tempered glass. The screen protector will protect your iPad Pro’s display against scratches and scuffs and can handle minor drops and falls.
While the JETech screen protector is excellent when it comes to protection, we do not recommend it to users who extensively use the Apple Pencil with their iPad Pro. But if you mainly use your iPad Pro with a keyboard for productivity tasks and content consumption, this is one of the best affordable screen protectors you can buy.
2. Spigen tempered glass screen protector
If you are not good at screen protection installation, the Spigen tempered glass screen protector is for you. The screen protector comes with an auto-alignment tool that makes the entire process easy and error-free. Spigen uses a 9H hardness tempered glass, which brings scratch and impact protection. The screen protector has an oleophobic coating that keeps the fingerprints and smudges away, keeping your 12.9-inch iPad Pro display looking pristine for a long time. It’s one of the best screen protectors you can buy for your iPad Pro.
3. ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass Plus for 12.9-inch iPad Pro
If you want the best protection, the ZAGG InvisibleShield Glass Plus screen protector for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is for you. It uses ZAGG’s proprietary Ion Matrix technology that strengthens the glass at the molecular level and preserves the smooth touch and feel of the glass. The glass also has precise surfacing, reducing scratches and scuffs resulting from prolonged use.
It offers 3X shatter protection than the naked display and can easily handle drops and impacts. The screen protector also gets an oleophobic coating which makes it resistant to smudges and fingerprints. While it commands a premium price, if you want the best protection for your iPad Pro, this is the one to get.
4. ESR paper-feel and Paperlike screen protectors
For artists and note-takers, a tempered glass screen protector is not the best option, as the thickness of the glass interferes with the precision of the Apple Pencil. If you use the best note-taking apps to take notes on your 12.9-inch iPad Pro or use it as a drawing and sketching canvas, you need to buy a screen protector that enhances your experience while protecting the display.
For this purpose, we recommend two screen protectors. You can either get the Paperlike screen protector, which popularized this product category, or the ESR paper-feel screen protector, which brings almost the same features at half the cost. The Paperlike screen protector is made with high-quality plastic foils developed exclusively for Paperlike products. It uses Paperlike’s proprietary Nanodots Surface technology to deliver better stroke precision and clarity when writing and drawing with your iPad. The nanodots also ensure that your Apple Pencil gets more friction and gives you the experience of writing on paper.
That said, the Paperlike screen protector is not cheap. If you are looking for a comparable affordable option, we recommend the ESR paper-feel screen protector for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The screen protector’s ultra-thin and finely textured surface ensure your Apple Pencil gets enough friction for precision stroke-making. It also comes with an application tray, allowing you to easily install the screen protector on your 12.9-inch iPad Pro without any bubbles.
Note that using Apple Pencil with these screen protectors will wear down your Apple Pencil tips. However, that’s not much of an issue, as you can buy the best Apple Pencil replacement tips at affordable prices.
5. Ocushield anti-blue light screen protector
While there are several affordable anti-blue light screen protectors for 12.9-inch iPad Pro, if you struggle with issues like headache and sleeplessness, you should invest in a screen protector approved by experts. The Ocushield anti-blue light screen protector is designed & developed by Optometrists in the UK and is an accredited Class 1 Medical Device by the MHRA. The screen protector protects the eyes from harmful blue light, reduces strain on the eyes, and improves your sleep quality.
The screen protector is also good at protecting the display. It keeps scratches at bay and provides good drop and impact protection. Thanks to the included application tray, the screen protector is easy to install at home. If using your iPad Pro causes strain in your eyes or makes it harder to fall asleep, this is the screen protector which can help alleviate these issues.
6. Mothca matte screen protector for iPad Pro 12.9-inch
We love matte screen protectors, and the Mothca matte screen protector for iPad Pro 12.9-inch is one of the best you can buy. It has the perfect frosted surface, which results in silky smooth touch, and is highly resistant to fingerprints, smudges, and sweat. The screen protector uses the same technology as e-reader matte screens, resulting in no screen glare, even in bright sunlight.
If you use your iPad Pro outside or in a highly lit environment, the screen protector will ensure you get no screen glare and can use it without straining your eyes. If you love matte screen protectors, as we do, the Mothca 12.9-inch iPad Pro screen protector is for you.
7. ProCase iPad Pro 12.9-inch privacy screen protector
If you prefer to work in coffee shops but don’t want people to peep at your work, you should install a privacy screen protector. While it will slightly reduce the peak brightness of the display, in exchange, you will get protection against anyone looking at your display. With this screen protector, only the person sitting in front of the screen can see what’s on the screen. Anyone looking from an angle from the side will see a black screen. The screen protector uses 9H hardness tempered glass, so you get the usual scratch and drop protection. There’s also an oleophobic coating that prevents fingerprints and smudges.
8. Urban Armor Gear 12.9-inch iPad Pro screen protector
Urban Armor Gear (UAG) makes some of the toughest cases and screen protectors for Apple devices, and their screen protector for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is no different. Made with high-quality 9H tempered glass manufactured in Japan, the UAG screen protector can handle day-to-day use with ease. It prevents scratches can even handle minor drops with ease.
Our favorite thing about this screen protector is that it's ultra-thinness. At only 0.2mm (0.008 inches) thick, this is one of the thinnest tempered glass screen protectors you can buy. Thanks to its slim construction, it doesn't hamper the viewing quality or touch sensitivity of the iPad Pro.
Best screen protectors for 12.9-inch iPad Pro
We hope the list helped you find the best screen protectors for your 12.9-inch iPad Pro. If you use Apple Pencil with your iPad Pro, we recommend reading our buying guide on the best Apple Pencil 2 accessories, as it will help enhance your Apple Pencil experience.