Add the Kensington StudioDock to the list of accessories thrown under the bus by the redesign of the 2021 iPad Pro. The 12.9-inch version of the upcoming tablet is just slightly thicker, but that’s enough to make the elaborate desktop stand incompatible.
This is sure to displease many of the people who bought the $399.99 accessory and were hoping to use it with future Apple tablets.
The official word comes from Kensington itself. Theproduct page for the StudioDock says, “Not compatible with the 2021 iPad Pro 12.9.”
A Kensington spokesperson told Cult of Mac the reason: “The new 2021 iPad Pro 12” is incompatible with the current StudioDock because it is thicker in size than the 2018-2020 models (6.4mm vs. 5.9mm).” The desktop stand adds numerous ports to the tablet, and connects to the iPad via a USB-C connector built into the right edge. The increase in thickness prevents the connector from plugging into the tablet.
Those planning to buy the high-end desktop stand should hold off. “Kensington is planning on launching a new SKU to support the new iPad Pro,” according to the company spokesperson.
The version of the StudioDock for 11-inch iPad Pro is not affected. This is compatible with the 2021 version of Apple’s 11-inch tablet because it’s the same size as its predecessor.
The additional thickness of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro caused a kerfuffle with the Apple Magic Keyboard, with Apple first saying it wasn’t compatible and later changing its mind. The additional slight increase is apparently to make room for the new mini-LED display.
Kensington StudioDock iPad Docking Station has it all
StudioDock is a high-end product designed to turn a tablet into a small iMac. The iPad clings to the stand with magnets, making it easily removable. The USB-C connection adds three USB-A ports, a 4K HDMI 2.0 port and a Gigabit Ethernet jack. A USB-C port sits on the left side of the desktop stand, while a 3.5mm audio jack and SD 4.0 card reader are on the right side. iPhone and AirPods wireless chargers are on the front.