• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard

    This is actually a really good keyboard. I don't understand all the negative reviews it's receiving. From the minute it left the box, it's nearly doubled the productivity I am able to achieve. It is well sized and well engineered. It functions identically to a laptop except for function keys, but once your hands learn that there are none, it in some ways surpasses a laptop. Also, the placement of the keys and their tactile response is truly a joy to use. As a bonus there is a grouping of small arrow buttons in the lower right section allows scrolling and cursor movement (which surpasses the native on screen method of doing this) without touching the screen. Overall, the construction of the keyboard is genius. It has a material that covers the entire pad (including the keys) and makes liquid, dirt, etc falling through the cracks impossible. I've read a few reviews that criticize the lack of back light or CAPS LOCK indicator and acts as if this is the unforgivable sin. This may have been a nice addition, but in Apple's defense, adding lights would increase the burden on the battery. Not having back lit keys is a small price to pay for an extended battery life. Also, the keyboard is close enough to the display for the display itself to illuminate the keys. The placement of the magnets in the keyboard were a surprise for me. In the folded configuration for keyboard use, they lock the entire system into place and as of typing this, they have held firmly; so firmly, in fact, when I turn the keyboard/iPad assembly 90 degrees to the side or 90 degrees leaned back, they continued to hold. As for function keys...while there aren't any dedicated keys for shortcuts, who knows what software integration may allow in the future.

    The ONLY thing I miss having on this keyboard is the number pad. I loath using the number keys at the top of a keyboard, but I can see why this feature wasn't feasible due to size. Not having the keypad, though, in no way reduces the usefulness or the joy in using this. I highly recommend anyone with an iPad Pro (who hasn't done so already) to go out tomorrow and shell out the $180. I guarantee you will NOT regret it.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Typing Experiene

    I recently purchased this Smart Keyboard after reading the countless reviews of I satisfied customers. I bought this keyboard because I was using my iPad Pro to write the majority of a proposal I was putting together for a business class I'm taking. I have got say, after writing that's proposal with this keyboard I am happy that I made this purchase. The keys are flatter which I like and they are also not noisy but provide a nice subtle "click" feeling when pressed. I also like the layout and spacing of they keys, I feel that it is similar to their MacBook keyboard. Another thing I was worried about was how the keyboard would lay when using it as a cover. To my surprise Apple did a great job with having the keyboard fold into the Smart Cover so that they back of the keyboard is touching the screen rather than the keys themselves. I find the complaints of this Smart Keyboard adding too much weight to the iPad Pro as being too critical. Sure the Smart Keyboard does add some weight but I wouldn't say it adds a significant amount. Overall I am happy with this purchase and I am happy that I can now type out full documents on my iPad without the need to pull out my MacBook.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Some right, a lot wrong.

    While the actual keys are well spaced this remains a clearly last minute underengineered keyboard designed by obvious Apple freshmen. slapped on without much forethought and executed with no skill; at first blush the missing backlight and caps indicator seem terrible, but when you realize the keyboard doesn't stand properly in any of the three designed methods, and that it doesn't contain any real function keys, and that it fatigues the hands - and that there are options for a full case and keyboard for 30$ - well, it's insulting that Apple charges what they do for an absolutely poor piece of hardware which will very clearly be succeeded shortly by a revision which at the very least brings back the backlight Apple fought to engrain as important// at $50 this would maybe get 2.5 stars, at this price, if I could give it under one I would.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    iPad Pro Keyboard is Phenomenal!

    I too read a few negative reviews about this keyboard, but boy am I tickled to have actually bought it. The feel of it is even better than the new apple keyboard for the iMac. In terms of convenience, the automatic connection just couldn't be more pleasing. No charging, no Bluetooth needed. It's expensive but honestly better than any keyboard I've used, for PC or tablets.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    The typing experience isn't that bad...But for the money it's insane that apple did not include the iOS system specific keys...home key, volume controls, brightness controls...play pause for music etc.

    They could have moved the base back half an inch and made room for an extra row of iOS specific keys at the top. I can't believe they choose not to do that. Cutting cost was the only reason they chose not to include them.

    I never even thought to look for them before I ordered one. I am returning mine and will be looking for an aftermarket solution. Very disappointed.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best Keyboard out there for an iPad

    The fact that you never have to charge the keyboard is great. It is well built and easy to type. I do wish that it came with the a full case but it functions nicely with any case that covers the back of the iPad. It is a good alternative to having to carry a laptop everywhere.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An amazing addition that makes it a true pro machine

    I bought the iPad Pro in December and was skeptical when I thought that it could replace my Mac for school work , but now that I got the keyboard the iPad has replaced my Mac. This is such a great accessory; and also the fact that it doesn't require Bluetooth or charging makes it a deal-maker for me.

    It's just really convenient for people who actually want to get something done on their iPad Pros.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive poor design

    I was so excited when I purchased my keyboard only 3 weeks ago, that excitement lasted only a week and it has become such a pain that today I decided that I am done with it and just purchased a regular Smart Cover. I wish I could return the keyboard was such a big investment and instead of making my iPad better it really made it impossible to work with.
    The magnets are not strong enough to keep the keyboard in place , it keeps coming off and when travelling with it, it flaps open inside the backpack and the iPad battery drains. The idea is good but the design is poor. I came to the point of preferring typing straight into The iPad screen instead of carrying it around.
    Sometimes the connection fails and the iPad and keyboard stop communicating properly, the only way to fix this was detaching the keyboard and attach it again.
    The issue about how it keeps unattached came to a point where I had to use an elastic to create a good permanent closure before putting it inside my bag.
    Usually love apple products, but this one is a fail.... And such a big investment!! Don't buy it not worth it at all.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Enhances the iPad Pro experience

    I'll admit it, I was very sceptical at first. Why on earth would I need a physical keyboard on my iPad Pro? At the time I purchased my new iPad Pro, I had a play with the Smart Keyboard at the Apple Store. Sure, it was easier to type, but it felt strange not having a trackpad below the keyboard like on my MacBook Pro, and $269 is a high price to pay for an accessory. I ended up purchasing a Smart Cover instead.

    Well, after a couple of weeks of using my new iPad I had become frustrated at my constant mistyping using the on screen keyboard, so I decided to take the splash and buy the Smart Keyboard. I really wish I'd done this from the start! A few points for those of you considering the Smart Keyboard:

    - Keyboard shortcuts are GREAT. Being able to quickly switch between apps, cut/copy and paste, etc. using the keyboard is fantastic.
    - It's really nice to type on, more so when you try it at home on a coffee table or your lap instead of the high tables at the Apple Store.
    - It looks great (paired with a white/gold iPad Pro).
    - You save screen real estate as the on-screen keyboard is no longer visible. This makes a huge difference if you're using any app that involves a fair bit of typing. For example Google hangouts now takes up the full screen rather than just the top half, so it makes the iPad Pro screen seem a lot bigger.
    - It transforms the iPad Pro experience. I'm considering selling my 15.4" MacBook Pro and replacing it with a retina iMac and then just relying on the iPad whenever I need something portable. It can't do everything a laptop can do (yet) but with the Smart Keyboard (and Apple Pencil) the iPad Pro becomes a compelling and useful enough device to make me question the mix of devices I use day to day.

    I've given the Smart Keyboard four stars. Why not five? The price. I would feel a lot better about buying one if they were about $80 cheaper.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Minimalist, svelte design that reveals an obsession with details

    I've been thoroughly impressed with Apple's Smart Keyboard. It features a minimalist, svelte design that reveals an obsession with details. The unique, conductive fabric that Apple has created is very innovative and allows for two-way exchange of both power and data. And the laser ablated custom-woven fabric, of the keyboard, has a great feel to it; it is also water and stain resistant.

    The proximity of the screen and keyboard in "type" mode allows you to transition from typing to touching the screen seamlessly. In this way, using iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard feels very intuitive. When looking at cost, this keyboard provides value far beyond its price. If you're looking for an extraordinarily functional keyboard that also features unparalleled, first in class design, this is the keyboard for you.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Like it, but....

    My only gripe with the keyboard is the fact that I have to put a wedge under it (towel, iPhone ha ha, etc) in order for it to lay flat when I'm typing on a flat surface..the iPad is top heavy and lifts the keyboard ever so slightly, I'm probably OCD but I like things to work well without modification. Other than this little and very easily solvable glitch, I like the keyboard. Price is a little steep because I just had to have the pencil also but I'm happy so far. Hope mine doesn't just quit working as was reported in an earlier post.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Way over priced!!

    I really love the iPad Pro and all Apple products but I must say I am brutally disappointed with Apples design of the "Smart" Keyboard and that they really think it's just the best there is. First thing that struck me is its not even a full case and falls off constantly, and because of the way it connects it makes it virtually incompatible with any available case I've seen, I had to jimmy rig one to be used with this keyboard. Second, NO MEDIA BAR?? (Volume, brightness, play/pause, ect) Like seriously Apple? Third, I find it extremely annoying that the CAPS lock key has absolutely no indicator light and nothing that appears on screen to let know know CAPS is on. Finally, this isn't as important but I am also disappointed that Apple didn't make it backlit or offer a backlit model as they are so well known for this in their keyboards. In conclusion I would say that due to these concerns and missing features this keyboard is not even remotely close to being worth $170. If you are looking for these features I strongly recommend the logi keyboard. It is a full case, backlit and has the media bar that goes above my expectations with its capabilities. The only thing it lacks as well is the CAPS indicator but for everything else it's worth it. Best part... It's actually cheaper but I would have gladly even paid more for it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Official 1st Gen Apple iPad Keyboard

    IPad Pro keyboard cover notes

    The high price aside, I do enjoy this keyboard a lot which doubles as an ideal stand for the iPad Pro and prevents your screen from getting scratched. Since it is apple's first official iPad keyboard the following make this a 4 start product instead of 5 stars.

    1) No backlight illumination.
    2) No Home Button or shortcuts mentioned in the instructions , you have to press Command + H for home screen, Command + Tab to switch apps etc.
    3) Not leather
    4) High Price
    5) iOS needs some better keyboard optimization, I.E. Scrolling on web pages is sluggish
    6) no Apple Pencil storage
    7) needs a third position for incline viewing, drawing and touch typing when placed flat on a table
    8) Additional Colour options

    Other than that, this keyboard is thin and light and easy to type on. I prefer it over other chiclet keyboards found on some laptops like the MacBook Air.

    Since the iPad Pro doesn't have a built in stand this is ideal compared to a Smart Cover and perfect for hammering out emails and freeing up screen space.

    If you can spare the extra cash for this keyboard cover, it is light, versatile and adds to the iPad Pro experience in several ways. It doesn't need to be charged, require Bluetooth and is pleasant to type on once you get the hang of it you either will love it or hate it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard!!!!!

    This keyboard takes about 30 minutes to get used to. After that it's great! I enjoy it more on this than my MacBook Air keyboard. Great thing about this keyboard is I can detach it whenever I want, and it is very slim and great cover when I'm not using it. Yes it's not backlit, but I'll take the thinness and the material of the keys, any day of the week. I still think it's pricy, (I got mine open box from bestbuy) but it's the he best keyboard for the iPad.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Much better than expected...

    The cost hurt a lot, but that aside I tried two other cases and this is the best (with the back cover). Quality is excellent. To address the the lack of a place for the pen (which is why it loses a start) I found a stick on pen loop on Amazon. I put a slit in top of back cover (the top when holding iPad sideways) and put pen loop through there. I than took a scripto pen clip off an old pen and added to Apple Pencil for extra security.

    I find the keyboard case to be very versatile. It's on my lap now as I type this review. The keyboard is accurate. I can position my iPad depending on how I'm using it.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hated it, then LOVED IT.

    At first the feel of the keys just didn't work for me. No click sound, not much give. Weird cloth thing. But darn it, I was going to try and make it work. And here's the thing. The initial hatred was all based on the shock of the new. This was a whole new kind of keyboard and change is difficult. Once I really started to use it I actually started to love it. The keys didn't clomp like other keys but they have a really nice feel nonetheless. Sexy even. And they give enough to know you're actually pressing them. And I actually don't have to press them with the force of other keyboards, so now I'm typing less aggressively and that's not a bad thing. Here's the bottom line: Anything new takes some getting used to but once you get used to it you wonder why other keyboards aren't this sexy. Patience is key. Love this keyboard. Love how ingenious it is. It's really an engineering marvel.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Everything!

    It is so convenient, no batteries, Bluetooth, cables, nothing! It's really comfy and easy to use. Very pleased with this keyboard and that it acts as a cover and a stand when not in use, Apple scored with this product.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This keyboard made my IPad really Pro

    Great keyboard, very comfortable while typing, very stable at any angle while typing on my lap, adding only a small bulk to the iPad, great product I highly recommend to buy this keyboard.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice and Easy So Far !!

    I purchased the Apple Smart Keyboard for my 12.9 inch iPad Pro yesterday. So far I have found it easy to use. It's to my liking.
    Typing on the keyboard is a breeze and found it comfortable......and that is typing on my lap in a recliner!!
    I noticed that there is an UPDATE already for the keyboard and I haven't updated it yet, because of all the "hubbub" I hear. Does anyone know if there is still a problem with that UPDATE??

    It IS a bit pricey for not including a cover for the back of the iPad Pro and it should have included a "backlight."

    Like I said, So far so good, and I'll keep it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ruined IPad experience

    Moral of my review is that I can't wait for this thing to break so I have an excuse to buy another type (for a lot less $$). Good thing is that with its structure, it's liable to fall off and break at any time.

    Stand is so weak I have to put pillows behind the IPad to keep it propped up if I want to watch Netflix or a movie on here.

    Doesn't hold remotely to the IPad so you have to be more careful than you would if you were carrying a baby.

    Magnetism is weak and the stand is flimsy.

    Doesn't fit nicely if you want your screen covered as it shifts around so much.

    Better spend another $100 on AppleCare Protection because you will be dropping your iPad.

    Only good thing is that you don't have to connect to Bluetooth, which is not very hard.

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