Apple has gradually improved its iPad Pro with monitor support, USB-C and even the ability to use a mouse with the tablet. All of these improvements have resulted in a greater need for a docking solution if you want to use the iPad Pro as a desktop-like PC. MagicDock has appeared on Kickstarterand it looks like one of the better iPad Pro docks we've seen so far.
It looks surprisingly similar to Kingston's Surface Dock and it looks like it was based at least on the hinge design for Microsoft's Surface Studio. Anyway, MagicDock has some small improvements over what is available on the Surface side. You can place an iPad Pro in thanks to magnets, and it even rotates in place so that you can use it in portrait orientation. Everything is charged via the USB-C port of the iPad Pro, which acts as the primary connection when the tablet is placed in the dock.
As you would expect from a dock, there are ports on the back to connect accessories or a monitor. There is an HDMI port, a single USB-C port, a regular USB 3.0 port and even a 3.5 mm audio connection for headphones or speakers. The MagicDock will be compatible with the 11-inch and 12.9-inch 2018 Pro iPad models, but of course you have to choose the right one that fits your iPad.
The dock is made of anodized aluminum and it looks relatively sturdy in the Kickstarter video, but like everything from Kickstarter, you never know the true quality until the project is completed. However, the creator of the dock, Steve Warren, has considered most aspects of a modern docking solution. There is even a microfiber cover to which you can attach your iPad Pro to protect the back of the device.
MagicDock has already passed its financing goal on Kickstarter after 24 hours, but it is there a few places left to grab an 11-inch model for $ 99 or the 12.9-inch version for $ 109.