IPad VESA Mount via a Smart Cover
I was trying to find a good way to mount my iPad at my desk so I could get it at eye-level (using a keyboard/mouse to control it). I played around with the idea of finding a metal plate that I could mount to a VESA arm and use the power of magnets to attach the iPad Pro to it. I ended up getting a cheap Smart Cover off Amazon, cutting off the front piece, and then attaching the cover to a VESA mount… it works!
Couple of things to note:
– I needed to find screws that were flat and slim enough that they were flush with the cover
– I mistakenly used screws that did not have a slim enough head but it ended up working like a countersink for the smaller screws to fit perfectly into
– You can actually attach the iPad Pro in an existing Smart Cover onto the frankenstein’d Smart Cover and it still attaches
– After I tightened the screws, some bits of plastic from the cover were protruding but I just used an xacto knife to cut them off (now it’s smooth to run your hand across)
– Have to be careful adjusting the tilt/position if the VESA arm is tight (seems to put a lot of pressure on the iPad screen)
I’ve been using it for a day and it seems pretty reliable. It’s a bit tricky to remove but it’s possible that I’m just being overly careful not wanting to have it slide off and smash into the desk.
I’m waiting for my Magic Keyboard accessory that I expect will be where I keep the iPad most of the time but when I’m at my desk, the VESA mount should be pretty good.