• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Origami vs Functionality

    • Written by Christopher H from Water

    As expected, the build quality is excellent and the 'snappy' connection feel solid.

    An oversight with many 3rd party producers of bluetooth keyboard cases is that the keys often are in touch with the screen when 'closed up'. This can potentially allow things to be caught between keys and the screen a result in potential damage to your screen. This is not the case with the Apple Smart Keyboard and the way the keyboard folds back inside allows for the extra screen protection.

    This extra protections comes at a cost... It can sometimes feel like you are grappling with a piece of origami when either setting up or putting away.

    Resting on your legs with the keyboard can also be troublesome as it has a join which means it doesn't hold its own weight unless it is on a flat surface. (Think sitting up in bed using your knees as support)

    I would also still very much like to see some sort of integration options for the Apple Pencil. I have had to resort to a third party piece of elastic that does fit well to the Smart Case, but for £160 I think Apple could have better utilised the magnets to 'grip' the pencil or a sleeve on the depressed front of the case to store a pencil.

    291 of 323 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Questionable durability

    • Written by Geoffrey R from Dunedin

    The keyboard provided 18-months’ trouble-free and enjoyable service but the connection with the ipad case is now unreliable, with each link loss soliciting the “accessory not supported” response. I love apple products but this ipad accessory has questionable durability.

    42 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Where's the backlighting??

    • Written by Penelope K from Haleiwa

    I was all set to purchase this keypad as soon as the 10.5" version hit the market, but I changed my mind for one big reason--no backlighting. Seriously? Is that too hard to do for a company that makes the most innovative phones & tablets on the market?? Come on Apple. Step it up! And while you're at it, add a pencil holder.

    41 of 46 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, but doesn't lay flat.

    • Written by Joshua W from Sun City

    Are there some suits that are defective out there? The keyboard works, however the front edge (by the space bar) doesn't touch the desk. It hovers about 1/4-inch above. So when typing you get a bounce in the keyboard that makes it easier to become error prone. Would it benefit me to go back and return and get a new one, or are they all going to do this?

    38 of 40 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great slim Smart Keyboard case with a few compromises

    • Written by Solomon M from Laurel

    The keyboard is slim, light and functional. Very easy to use and has a strong magnetic attachment. For the price of $160, Apple could have at least made the keyboard backlit. That’s a bad apple on their part. In addition, a variety of color options would have been nice to match the different color iPads. The downfall of its slim profile is that the keyboard case does not fully cover the iPad from falls leaving the back and edges exposed. If you intend to use this as a case for your iPad, look elsewhere. Logitech and Brydge both sells keyboard/case combination for far less and provides more features for the money. A great keyboard with a few compromises...

    32 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No mic for dictation when you use the keyboard

    • Written by ARTHUR H from GERMANTOWN

    Bad Design.....when you use the key Board.....it cancel out the mic for texting etc

    otherwise the key board performs good

    36 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful but there are better options out there

    • Written by Ryan D from Naples

    The fact that it was designed by Apple means it'll work pretty well and fit is great, BUT the feel of the keys leaves much to be desired. There are other brands out there that will feel a lot better and more like a real keyboard if you're going to type a lot. If you're only typing an email here or there then I'm sure it'll work great for you. Honestly, it is way over priced for what you get.

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Keyboard but letters on keys wear off before 1 year

    • Written by Mary C from Arlington

    I enjoy the touch. I like the how slim and sturdy the keyboard is. I like the dual purpose cover/keyboard. Backlighting? It'd be nice but the brightness of the iPad can help with that and the cost would rise a lot. What I don't like is the letters on the keys have worn off in a year. Yeah, I can buy the standard stickers but that ruins the texture/feel. I don't even use my iPad all day for work. Just at night and weekends. I can only imagine if I used it all day.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    keyboard iPad pro

    • Written by Melissa M from Milton

    I love it. When it works. It occasionally disconnects or just quits working at random times without any reason. I love having the keyboard but if this continues, I’ll return it.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A bit lacking but good

    • Written by Steven C from windsor

    I love the way the keyboard feels and how easy it is to type on it. I love the different configurations it folds into to suit your needs. Type mode, movie mode, and one other mode i can't remember. It makes thing a lot easier than using the touchscreen keyboard. However it's difficult to get the keyboard to go into those modes and stay properly. I've already damaged the back of my iPad cuz the keyboard just gave out when i was using movie mode to look at a recipe and i tried to scroll down on it. 2 days old and already got a 7in scratch on the back. Sadly, keyboard protects one side of the iPad at any given time. I use it to protect my screen then i place the iPad face down so the back doesn't get even more scratched from resting it on different surfaces. Price is unreasonable for a keyboard, and inconvenient since its just a half case and cant be used with other cases to protect the rest of the ipad, the other cases come with a pencil slot on it and this one doesn't so i have to carry the pencil in my pocket or bookbag or somewhere. Not a must have. Just a collector's item for ppl that get morning wood for Apple products.

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Shows Wear

    • Written by Nancy B. D from Huntsville

    This is not intuitive; I find myself looking for shortcut keys and some placements. My main issue is how quickly the ends of the keyboard wrap show wear. I have had mine for 1-1/2 years, and do not use it regularly. Strings are hanging off, and the metal underneath shows on both ends. This is an inferior product in the Apple lineup.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No foreign characters!!

    • Written by Mike H from GLASGOW

    Nice keyboard, but nowhere did the description warn me in advance that there were no foreign characters/accents available when typing with it!! Useless for a full time translator ...

    Not the "international" standard I was expecting from Apple ...

    39 of 52 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Initial review

    • Written by Evan W from Santa Monica

    I just picked up my keyboard. My first impression is it's a less than perfect keyboard. But then again I tried the Microsoft Suface and found that keyboard also lacking.

    I've read that a few owners of this found that their keyboard don not not sit 100% flush against the table. Others don't have that problem. Mine does not sit perfectly. I found that it flattens out a bit just after an hour or two of using. So not a big problem.

    Typing accurately is less than perfect, but still better than using the onscreen keyboard. I find I make more typos with his keyboard than my laptop. Apple calls it is a "full-sized keyboard" but to me this still is a cramped typing experience compared to my MacBook Prop and my magic Keyboard.

    I am not fond of the plastic nylon feeling fabric on the keyboard. I imagine I will change my mind when I eventually spill my $5 latte on the keyboard and realize it is easy to clean. But still, tactile feeling doesn't jive with my fingertips. But perhaps this too I will learn to like.

    All in all it is a good but not great. I am guessing it's still better than many iPad keyboards out there. So you should be disappointed.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Entirely Reliable

    • Written by Mercedes N from Whittier

    I bought this keyboard for my iPad to type papers (I am an undergraduate English major.) This keyboard stopped working eight months after I purchased it; when I inquired as to why it might have stopped working, the Genius Bar employee did not give me a solid answer. Overall, I like this keyboard, but was disappointed it broke down in less than a year!

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent note taker

    • Written by Sean C from Akron

    I have used my macbook pro around campus and while it’s a great workhorse, it’s a pain to haul around, the battery life isn’t great, and it’s a chore to use on the tiny desks we have for lectures. I tried a microsoft surface and surface pro, but the kickstand on them made it even harder to use on those tiny desks. Enter the ipad pro. The keyboard on this is short and forward, and the ipad is propped up closer to me than the back of the desk. I can easily fit this on college lecture class desks. I have never found a good device for these settings until now.

    The lack of backlit keyboards is an issue in classes where the lights are out for projectors, though. The keys can also be very loud. I have to be careful how I type when using this keyboard so I don’t disturb those around me. It’s doable, and light typing doesn’t cause keys to miss, but being used to really beating down on my keyboards, it’s annoying. I also wish they had them in different colors, but that’s not really a functional problem. Propping the ipad up with this keyboard folded back makes it unstable too. Surprisingly, you CAN use this in your lap, since the viewing angle on the ipad is so wide.

    If you are in college and need a good device for around campus use, get this keyboard! It’s not as bulky as the others, but it definetly adds heft, so skip the larger ipad if you plan on getting this keyboard.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart Keyboard 10.5 inch Pro

    • Written by Gail S from Tampa

    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.

    27 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very surprised but also highly disappointed.

    • Written by Tomas K from South Ozone Park

    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!!!

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    iPad Pro Smart Keyboard

    • Written by Nazim U from Sterling Heights

    Honestly speaking, I really love the design of the new Smart keyboard, but Apple made a big flaw by not adding the backit. I think Apple should implement haptics touch keys for their next design and have a option in the settings to choose the best haptic touch for your keys just like the iphone 7 & 7 plus.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice keyboard

    • Written by THOMAS D from SAVANNAH

    I like the physical keyboard but wish that it had a better feeel because this hard denim like material makes me think that within time it may dry rot and ill have to go out and get another. Another thing I wish apple had a rear cover like they have for the iPad Pro 9 in. But I was able to find a back case compatible with the Smart Keyboard at amazon for about $16. Sorry I cant post the link but it’s called a companion cover.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No FN key so no forward delete option at present

    • Written by SCOTT S from Greenwood Village

    Maybe emojis are something everyone really loves to use. Me, I like to work with my devices and get stuff done. I like Apple products and software quite a bit, but also use Windows and PCs a lot as well. One of the things I’ve tolerated on the MacBooks over the years is the absence of a real delete key in favor of only backspace. At least you can work around this by using FN+Delete to get a real forward delete key. Not on this keyboard. It’s not only not possible with that key combo that most any power user would know, it’s not possible at all at present. There is no key combo that does forward delete on this keyboard.

    Similarly, there is NO control for media playing. No pause. No “next track.” No volume up or down, and apparently, no key combination that will perform those functions. I do not get this.

    The keyboard itself seems exceptionally well made. It’s not all that pleasant to type on. I would never type a lot with this thing, but it’s so minimal and light that it’s great to have to dash off a tweet or a quick email. Serious work tool for this super powerful iPad? No way. Plan to pack an extra keyboard for that. This won’t do. It’s. A little jarring in terms of feel on fingers. But, it does seem sturdy, dirt impervious, water resistant, and easy to have on you at all times you have your iPad. So, it’s useful for that. Just not for any type of serious work.

    23 of 27 people found this useful