• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Was good but now design flaw

    Was so excited about the new iPad and had a great experience with the 9.7 in Pro but now very disappointed. The 10.5 Smart Keyboard has a massive design flaw in that is hurting my initial experience with seems to be great upgrades on the 10.5 iPad Pro. The keyboard will not lay flat and I can see the reviews are starting to support an issue here. It is not an issue of being news, the issue is that there is too much of a gap in the design between the iPad and the folded top so it causes the case to rock back about 1/4 inch turning the keyboard into a diving board. Have to take it back as I don't see a conceivable way it can be fixed.

    46 of 49 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The perfect complement to your iPad Pro

    This is Apple's case that they want everyone to use. It's an evolution on their Smart Cover if you have ever used one. The keys actually feel pretty good, better than the keys on the 9.7" iPad Pro even though you think it wouldn't make a difference. I love the soft cloth type material that lays against the screen. Call me crazy but I think it helps wipe smudges off the screen when I close it. The stand is also surprisingly stable, I can push on any part of the screen and it doesn't wobble. It also sticks to the desk decently well and doesn't slide around. It has a small footprint when it's open. It also works well sitting Indian style (my favorite seated position), seated at a desk and when sitting on a couch. It does not work as well when laying in bed though due to it's fixed angle. I found that the angle works in most places but it just doesn't when laying down. I found myself holding it to get the perfect angle. The keyboard also has the option of folding around to the back of the case when you want to use the iPad like an iPad instead of like a laptop. Overall, the case looks good and functions well. It shows off the beautiful design of the iPad and doesn't add much weight. I do wish that they made an option with leather or gave us color choices to the keyboard. There is no backlighting but that doesn't bother me that much. I've known the keyboard for most of my life and all the keys are where they should be, if you need to look down the light from the iPad screen is enough to see them. The keys sit close to the screen and you can easily reach up and touch the screen while using the keyboard. There is no Apple Pencil holder, it would be so easy to add it somewhere but they want you to buy the sleeve. However, using the Apple Pencil was a joy when you can just fold the cover back or just pop it off. I just used an old Microsoft Surface Pen Loop (ironic?) on my iPad to hold the pen. It's the perfect case for someone who wants to use the iPad as a tablet with a keyboard.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than the only other option (to date)

    Tried the Logitech Slim Combo first -- see my review of that product for description of what - for me- are fatal flaws. Tried this one next: it importantly succeeds where the Logitech fails. This one attaches to the iPad with strong magnets when open and when closed - the opposite of the Logitech disconnected halves that never close securely.

    Would like some back protection (thin!) and backlight - but as better of two options on the market to date, this one wins. Either way, i *am* hooked on Smartconnector (both Logitech and Apple have this) - no need to charge the keyboard separately.

    If Apple could work out backlighting and perhaps provide a very thin silicone back cover option, this would be the clear winner.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    I find it hard to knock stars of something that is not supposed to be a back cover because it is not a back cover. I also would like a back cover, but I was under no illusions that it would be. I used to have the 12.9 with the Smart Keyboard as well and this one works easily as well. I find it a bit to small for my big hands, but at the same time it has to be the size of the iPad so that's what I get. It does it's job well. The smart connector and magnetic closure works flawlessly. I also like that it magnetically attaches to the back of my naked iPad. It is a great accessory to have for productivity for me, I can type much faster, view my iPad better and overall just find it more functional than an onscreen keyboard. I also am not sure about others issues with it not being flat on the table. At first I thought mine had the same problem, but once it is sitting on a table I just adjust the iPad itself for a moment and it sits flat like it is supposed to. If you order one and you cannot seem to get it to lay flat, exchange it. If you are nowhere near to an Apple Store I would not be afraid to order it, it works as its supposed to.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic accessory!

    The iPad Pro 10.5" and Smart Keyboard work extremely well together. I find the keyboard easy and efficient to use despite having large hands. Response time is immediate and I am completely impressed with the function of the keyboard. The only reason I did not give five stars is because the folding/unfolding process is a bit unwieldy. I'm sure I will become more proficient at it with more use, but it is a bit clumsy when setting up and folding. Otherwise, this is a outstanding tool that definitely expands ability to use an iPad for more things.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Game Changer For Prooductivity

    I am a heavy longtime user of my iPad (now iPad Pro) for work as well as play. I was on the fence after purchasing the new 10.5 inch iPad Pro whether I really needed or would like the keyboard since I had become so familiar with the onscreen keyboard over the last several years. Well, I want to encourage anyone who may be on the fence like I was to definitely take the plunge and purchase one. The keyboard is a game changer for productivity and I actually find myself performing even more tasks on my iPad than before simply because the keyboard makes speed and precision so much better.

    As a side note: I've read the reviews about some users having issues with the keyboard not laying flat on a table. I can happily say that I have NOT had that or any other issues. That being said, there may just be a bad batch out there impacting a subset of users. If there is an issue I have no doubt that Apple with (from my experience) superior support will make it right for those users, so I would not let that keep you from purchasing one if you're interested.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What was Apple thinking?

    I love the new iPad Pro, the display is a wonder, pictures are nearly life-like.. However, to bring out such a fancy machine and then have such a ridiculous keyboard that leaves the entire back open is nuts. What happened to a nice slim folio keyboard that also protects the case? I'm hopeful more keyboards will come out in the next few months, but it is disappointing to have a great iPad and then a silly keyboard - plus when it folds over there is a silly lump. I don't think Steve Jobs would have allowed this!

    29 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No back cover

    Seriously disappointed there is no back cover for this, nor has Apple chosen to make a Silicone Back cover for the 10.5" iPad Pro like they previously did for the 9.7". Keyboard works fine, but the absence of any form of protection is a fatal flaw that should cause one to look elsewhere. Surprisingly bad choices by both Apple Engineering and Marketing.

    39 of 52 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    High price, no back protection, no backlit keyboard are disadvantages

    I had to buy this sight unseen as the local big box store had no covers for the 10.5 inch iPad Pro. I was not happy to see there is no back cover to protect the iPad once it arrived. I bought a Smart Cover for my first iPad and stopped using it as soon as I was able to buy a cover that protected the front and back. There is no way that the back will not get scratched without a cover! I like how the cover protects the front and I like the keyboard itself, but for $159 I would like to protect the entire iPad! I would like to see a backlit keyboard as well. I have only used this for a few hours, but will probably return it for something that will protect it better.

    26 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Lovely keyboard; does not include magic force field or other accessories

    This keyboard, as described, is exactly like the 9.7" version, but slightly wider. I found the 9.7" comfortable enough (if a bit cramped), and this one is even better. I personally find the feel and sound of the keys to be very satisfying, but - for what it's worth - I also love the new MBP keyboards. If you don't, we may have different keyboard preferences. (Both incidentally have dramatically improved my RSI problems).

    I did have an issue with the front edge lifting slightly when I first set it up. I had the exact same problem with my 9.7" and now, as then, resettling it and typing out a few sentences fixed the problem permanently.

    As for the back case, this keyboard has never come with a back case. I used and loved the silicone back case on my last iPad, but when I wanted to write on the iPad, the back cover + keyboard really made it too thick to be comfortable. When I couldn't order the silicone case, I realized that the back is always either propped up, covered by the keyboard, or in a sleeve anyway. I would probably buy one if I could, but it really isn't necessary with the keyboard. If you are worried about dropping it, I would recommend the Logitech or one of the many, rugged third-party cases.

    And pro tip: you can hold down the ⌘ key in any app and on the home screen to see built-in keyboard shortcuts. A lot of things - like searching, going home, and switching apps - can be done very easily without dedicated buttons.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Keyboard!

    I have to admit, the only reason I bought the keyboard was because smart covers and sleeves were the only covers available for the new iPad 10.5 Pro. Wow! What a surprise the keyboard has turned out to be. It is simply amazing and I have truly fallen in love! I have taken the time to learn more shortcut functions making the keyboard soar giving me the ability to do most anything. I really like the way the keyboard folds and provides a little extra support when taking photos or shooting a video. I like how easy it is to stand my iPad Pro up to watch a movie, and I love the way the keyboard folds in neatly and becomes a Smart Cover to protect my screen, lock my iPad Pro, and securely hold my Apple Pencil on the top of the Smart Cover. Above all, I love the ease of the keyboard and standing position making journaling more fun than I could imagine. Yes, I would still like to have a cover for the back of my new iPad 10.5, but I'm so glad not having that option as a choice encouraged me to make what has turned out to be another great Apple experience. Thanks Apple!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious Quality Issue

    Just upgraded from the 9.7" iPad Pro w/ Smart Keyboard, which I have been using for about a year.

    Like a couple other reviewers commented, when placed in typing position, the bottom of the keyboard does not lie flat on the surface (a flat one, of course), making it impossible to type.

    I know this is not a design flaw as the 9.7" version worked perfectly and I loved it.

    The only other note I have to potential buyers is that this Smart Keyboard does add quite a bit of weight to the iPad (relatively speaking) - slightly over 50% of the iPad's weight.

    Will be bringing the keyboard back to Apple Store and see what they say...

    37 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The cover that offers no protection.

    The Smart keyboard, in my case fore the 9.7 model, is nice to use as a keyboard. Unfortunately it is only a cover, and offers no protection in even the most modest fall, as I discovered to my cost. My local; Apple store, Braehead, in Glasgow, helpfully explained that if offers no actual protection at all, and they are right. Good keyboard, lousy cover, no impact protection whatsoever

    30 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart Keyboard 10.5 inch Pro

    Overall, it is a good product, however, they need to make the companion BACK COVER like they did for the larger iPad Pro! I spent a ton of money on this little baby, and the last thing I want is to see the back get all scratched up and the iPad get damaged if that unfortunate fall should occur. For that reason, I spent another $150 on the leather sleeve. These are the types of things that need to be planned out in advance and available at the time of the sale release. I would also like the keyboard to be more reflective or backlit. I would also like to see external case attachment for the Apple Pencil.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it, and has a nice secret way to hold the Apple Pencil!

    This is an awesome keyboard for your iPad. It does NOT protect the back, however I don't think that's entirely necessary, at least not for me. When I'm not using the keyboard, I slip my iPad into a sleeve for protection, and generally do not use it in precarious situations. I like the clickiness of the keys, they are very akin to this years MacBook Pro keyboard, just with material over the keys. Lays flat on a table for me, I've had no issues. Also, a nice little hack I discovered. If you have the Apple Pencil, when you have the cover over the face of your iPad Pro, if you put the pencil on the right edge of the ipad, the magnet will hold the pencil, which is pretty useful. All in all I love it, and although it's pricey, would definitely recommend!

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easier to type with

    I just upgraded my 9.7-inch iPad to the 19.5 one. I have to say that this bigger version feels easier to use and prone to fewer errors than the smaller one. It folds and supports the iPad EXACTLY the same way as the other one. If it's your first Smart Keyboard you'll probably find it counter intuitive or, in the least, weird. After over a year using a Smart Keyboard I gotta say that you'll get used to the way you're supposed to fold it. I just wish the keyboard would also help prop the iPad when you simply want it to lay somewhat flat on the desk. I would recommend it.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The keyboard, alone is perfect..however

    The keyboard keys are the best attribute. Its clumsy when using as protection for the iPad. I found it easily fell off the iPad while folding, closing, opening, and carrying. The Smart Cover was not designed for a keyboard, and yes, I know, Mr Jobs would have hit the ceiling if he saw the pencil.
    I'd wait a while for the other manufacturers to catch up.

    21 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very surprised but also highly disappointed.

    I was unsure if this keyboard would be for me, since I tried the previous Smart Keyboard for the 9.7 iPad Pro and I didn't like it. It felt awkward and I was making way to many mistakes while typing. It really slowed me down. Thankfully, Logitech came out with their Smart Keyboard for 9.7 iPad Pro and saved me. I loved it. Even though it was little on the heavy and bulky side, it worked great, the keys felt amazing and typing on it was a dream. Biggest plus it was backlighting and row of shortcut/function keys. When Apple came out with the new 10.5 iPad Pro, I decided to purchase it and give the Apple Smart Keyboard another try. I was extremely surprised. The keyboard is great, feels fantastic and I can type really fast on it. It blew me away by its performance. However, the two biggest complains that I have are: NO BACKLIGHT & NO SHORTCUT KEYS!!!! These are major drawbacks when it comes to this keyboard. Extremely disappointing. Even though I have been using this new keyboard for only couple of days, I am noticing that I miss these TWO features that are available on the Logitech keyboard. It's a hard transition from Logitech keyboard to Apple Smart Keyboard. I was considering purchasing and trying out the new Logitech keyboard, but after reading some of the reviews I am considering keeping the Apple Smart Keyboard for now, but I will be looking for another keyboard. Hopefully more will be available in few months!!!

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great, Just a little pricey

    Bought my new iPad Pro 10.5 today along with the Smart Keyboard. I'm not sure what the issue is for the folks who have put negative reviews on here stating the keyboard doesn't lay flat. This works perfectly for me. It is totally flat when I have it sitting on a table or desk. When I have the keyboard totally folded up and behind the iPad in a triangle the way a normal Smart Cover works, it has an added benefit of making the iPad stand up a little straighter than a regular Smart Cover. This is good for FaceTime. I wish the price was a little lower of course hence my 4 star rating, but this product is designed well and works well.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this keyboard!

    Previously owned the ASK for the 9.7-inch so getting this was a no brainer for me. My personal experience is that the touch of the keys on this particular Smart Keyboard is even better than the previous. This is exactly what the name indicates - a Smart Keyboard. It's not a case, not meant for all-over device protection. I love the slim profile that doesn't add bulk to the device at all.

    3 of 4 people found this useful