The Kensington StudioDock is now compatible with the 2021 iPad Pro 12.9 thanks to a new version of the docking station that launched Tuesday. The desktop stand adds numerous ports to the tablet, and wireless chargers too.
There were already models for the 2020 and earlier versions of Apple’s largest tablet, as well as the 11-inch ones.
Kensington StudioDock had to adapt to a thicker iPad Pro
StudioDock connects to the iPad via a USB-C connector built into the right edge. This was designed to fit the thickness of the 2018-2020 models of the iPad Pro 12.9, but the 2021 tablet is thicker. The difference is only 0.5 mm, but that’s enough to make it incompatible.
The just-released version of the docking station has been slightly modified to it can be used with the 2021 iPadOS computer.
So many ports
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.
It can be purchased now on the Kensington web site. The cost is $399.99 for the version for 12.9-inch tablets, or $379.99 for the 11-inch variant. Users of the 2021 iPad Pro 12.9 should be sure to get model number K39160WW.