• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliantly designed

    I read an earlier review from David F (April 2016) who did not like the 'hump' when the Smart Keyboard is folded up during non-use as a keyboard but is still used as a cover for the iPad. I have no problem with the hump. The profile of the folded-up Smart Keyboard plus iPad is still smaller than what you will get with other brands, such as Logitech. In fact, the design of the Smart Keyboard is brilliant. With the 3-section flats, it allows the user to fold the flaps into a triangle and prop up the iPad while using the Smart Keyboard. Well done Apple!

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good.

    After looking at many reviews online, I decided to go ahead and buy the new Apple Smart Keyboard. So far the pros are: the keyboard itself is smaller than the bluetooth keyboard I used to have on it but on the other hand it is a lot lighter. Although the space between the keys is pretty good, the size of the keyboard is kind of small and I think I will need some time to adjust to it. The sensitivity on the keys is pretty good, it gives you the feeling of a regular keyboard.The keys on the Smart Keyboard are pretty quiet compared to the ones in the bluetooth. This Smart Keyboard is water resistant. The best feature is that it does not need to be charged since it is powered from the iPad. I can type with the keyboard on my lap although sometimes I hit other keys when I want to make it more stable.

    With the Smart Keyboard I can fold the keyboard all the way behind the iPad if I am not using it. With both of the bluetooth keyboards I bought I couldn't do that. One of them didn't fold at all, the other one was a pain to make it fold and keep the keyboard in its place.

    The cons so far I can say is that it is a little smaller, but I think I can get used to it. I guess since space and weight are a constraint, the Smart Keyboard does not have the buttons at the top (like most of the bluetooth keyboards) to control the music.

    Overall I think it is a good investment. I use my iPad normally to take notes at work, and to write on my blog. I read some bad reviews right after I bought the iPad and that's why I didn't bought it all together, but after buying two bluetooth keyboards and noticing how heavy they made the iPad inside my purse I decided to go ahead and buy the Smart Keyboard and I can say that I am pretty happy with it so far.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Skeptical at first, but it is an amazing keyboard!

    I just recently purchased the iPad Pro and wanted to get a keyboard to really take advantage of all this iPad has to offer. I am an Apple product fan as most of you that are reading this are also. I have a MacBook Pro, Apple TV, iPhone 6 Plus (with iPhone 7 Plus preordered), a 42 mm Sport Apple Watch, and a new 9.7 inch iPad Pro. I am sad to say that I almost bought a different keyboard after reading reviews of the product, but enjoying Apple products, I at least wanted to give it a try. I am extremely pleased with the Smart Keyboard. It is very attractively designed, and the fact that the keys are completely enclosed helps ensure it stays clean and lasts long. Absolutely no delay when typing. It is not too small to type effectively on. the only thing I wish it had was volume and screen brightness control for the iPad but it is easy enough to quickly swipe up on the screen for Control Center. The bottom line is the Smart Keyboard just works well, like every Apple Product I have owned.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed review.

    As purely a keyboard, it takes some getting used to, but after about 30 mins I was touch typing like I do on my macbook keyboard. So good but not great.

    The really problem arose when I tried to put it into watch mode. The keyboard is supposed to tuck away behind the iPad Pro and you should be able to use it as if it was a smart cover, standing the ipad up at a good viewing angle to use the screen only. Followed the instructions in the packaging, watched YouTube videos because I thought I was doing it wrong. Nothing worked. The iPad viewing angle is BAD in watch mode, and for some reason, on all the packaging photos, and all the website photos showing the iPad Pro 9.7 in Watch mode, they have actually used the 12.9 inch iPad with its smart keyboard, because when I fold up mine, it looks completely diffferent, the contact points are slightly different, the place where the keyboard and the case meet are show as having a slight material space making it iPad fold better, mine does not have this material space, it is almost flush. Plus, where the smart keyboard panels are shown as all a uniform size, the 9.7 Smart Keyboard is not, all the panels are different.

    All in all, I feel I have been deceived by Apple. Not great.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really pleased with this

    Pros: I have had it a couple of months now. I find it easy to type on, very portable, like the material and the fact you can wipe it clean, no batteries to worry about, can comfortably balance on crossed legs.
    Cons: A bit on the expensive side, it would be nice if it cam in other colours instead of just grey.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not at all worth the price

    This keyboard looks great on paper, but in actual use it functions well as overpriced iPad stand. I get a few hours of use out of the keyboard then it get glitchy and the stops working completely. The only way to get the keyboard to work again is to restart the iPad then reattach the keyboard, and then the whole process repeats. This is completely unacceptable for a product at this pricing point, do yourself a favor and go buy a $30 Bluetooth keyboard.

    61 of 67 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    ISSUE SOLVED!! Keyboard cannot stay flat.

    I have read some reviews and said that the Smart Keyboard cannot stay flat, but I still need a keyboard for my iPad Pro. Then i bought the Smart Keyboard and found that it truly cannot stay flat when I put the iPad Pro on. The whole thing is matching the concept of Apple product and user friendly, just some of the stocks may be not perfect. I was quite disappointed. Then I went to Apple Store again, I talked to the guy and exchange a new keyboard (because all the keyboard should stay flat). Now the issue solved, I am enjoying the new keyboard and writing this review. Apple is one of the top company in the world, if anyone finds any issue, just talk to the guy in Apple Store. Stop complaining and enjoy what you deserved.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't sit flat

    The keyboard does not sit flat. The front of the keyboard is about 1/2" off the table top making it impossible to type. I have to hold the keyboard down with one of my thumbs while typing.

    89 of 102 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What junk

    This keyboard is a completely pile of junk. I'm shocked that anyone actually likes it. First off, the magnets don't stay attached very well and are constantly falling off. The communication between the keyboard and the iPad can't keep up with fast typing. The keys are misplaced causing you to have to constantly pay attention to something that should be natural.

    After 3 months of owning mine, it has completely stopped working. It doesn't protect the iPad at all so the back and sides get scratched up just carrying it around.

    I can't believe Apple actually designed this keyboard and if they did Job's must be turning over in his grave. About as smart as coming out with a TV sized iPad Pro. Their Pencil product is everything it claims to be but this keyboard might as well be called a paper weight and for what it costs it is insulting.

    91 of 107 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love This Keyboard

    Before I actually bought this keyboard I would go into the Apple Store and type a few words or sentences to see if I thought I would like it. Standing up at the counter and typing on it didn't give me a true picture of how it works and I felt the small 9.7" size keyboard would never work as well for me as a regular-sized bluetooth keyboard did. What actually convinced me to go ahead and buy the keyboard was the time and trouble it took to get the Bluetooth keyboard to connect and I wanted an instant on. I thought it would take some time to get used to using this keyboard, but once I actually got it home and started typing on it I took to it instantly. The little bit I had typed on it at the store just didn't give a good enough experience to see how nice this keyboard is, how easy it is to use, and whether or not I would like it. I love the instant connectivity of it and its light weight. I thought I would have to buy a smart cover, too, but this keyboard/cover is going to work just fine. Now, Apple, how about offering a few color choices? I would love this keyboard in a beautiful blue!

    38 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Less Than Optimal

    Sorry Jony, Nice try. Viewing angles incorrect. Typing experience sub-standard. Product returned.

    Hopefully Tim will give you a little more time next go around.

    46 of 69 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic keyboard

    I read the reviews of the keyboard that give it a less than enthusiastic rating and I am completely confused. This is a GREAT keyboard. It connects securely to the iPad Pro and with the keyboard folded up, it's a Smart Cover. The surface is all one piece so dust does not collect and an accidental spillage won't ruin the keyboard. I LOVE the feel of the keys and the functions provided by the keyboard. It is true that there is no function for forward delete but I don't miss this feature. You can move the cursor up, down, left and right so backward deleting what you want to erase is a cinch. I never cared much for the iPad before because of the on-screen keyboard. I found it difficult to type on and I used my MacBook or iPhone when I sent messages, etc. But this keyboard has made me an iPad devotee. I love that the keyboard means I can easily carry what has become to me a valued alternative to my laptop. I recommend the keyboard with no reservations whatsoever.

    29 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    With too many shortcomings, it's unfortunately not worth the price tag.

    I'm always been a sucker for buying new technology -- sadly -- so I got the iPad Pro 9.7 and not too long after that I got the Smart Keyboard. First choice, great; second choice, not so much. I know it's not marketed as a case, but it should have had a better design to completely envelop the iPad. Instead the back of the iPad is exposed at all times, allowing for scratches. Additionally, the keyboard creates smudge lines across the screen of the iPad. Not good.

    The keys themselves are spaced out too far -- or rather there is too much of a space between keys. A normal keyboard has keys that spread out to almost touch each other. Because these keys have large gaps between them one is prone to missing keys more often than with the conventional spacing one expects on a keyboard (Just now I had to go back and retype something 9 times!).

    As has been mentioned already, the iPad can easily tip forward on an uneven surface. A real keyboard/case usually holds the screen at any angle. Additionally this keyboard does disconnect too easily if you try to lift this by grabbing the iPad alone.

    I was shocked to find out there were no function keys, no key for the home screen, and no volume keys. There is also no way to visually determine if the caps lock is on or not.

    And there is no way to hold an Apple Pencil!

    This is a real disappointment of an Apple product. I should have waited, but I was too eager to get it. Also, has anyone else noticed 3rd party keyboards came out a LONG time after the Apple keyboard? It's still a struggle to find a large variety of them. There are a couple, but not many. This keyboard almost feels like something Apple rushed to production just to get something out there and make more money. As soon as a better third-party keyboard/case comes out that I like, I will be switching.

    47 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    I do like that it is very lightweight and portable but the magnetics are TERRIBLE, my keyboard falls off pretty much anytime I pick it up and it collapses very easily. I'm planning on returning, it's just very annoying and not worth the money I spent for it.

    35 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not at all disappointed

    I read all these reviews on the Smart Keyboard for the 9.7 iPad Pro, and though there was a lot of negative feedback I decided to take a chance and purchase one. I'm glad I did.

    I used an aftermarket Bluetooth keypad for my old iPad 2 and it disappointed me relentlessly with typing lag and mis-punctuations.

    The Smart Keyboard is slick. The feel of the keys are good, the functions work great, the magnets are sturdy and... it's light weight!
    My only complaint is that it does not have a function (fn) key for other Mac commands.

    All in all, I love the keyboard and don't know why more users aren't pleased with it; I suppose you can't make everyone happy, but I am!

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really disappointed

    The Smart Keyboard is $150 and really not worth it. I'm shocked that Apple designed this. When my iPad Pro collapses constantly which causes a loud "slap" of the keyboard onto the screen! Unless you keep the iPad on the keyboard always on a hard surface, it will collapse and sound like it breaks the screen. I move around a lot with my iPad...that was the purpose of getting it and not only does the keyboard collapse constantly, but the keys work intermittently and I have to remove and put the keyboard back on again throughout each day. My Logitech keyboard for my other iPad, works perfectly 90% of the time and it was $40 and it has a home screen button in the top corner so even if it's dark, I know exactly which button to press to get be back to the home screen. The Smart Keyboard has a 2-button "shortcut" or the home button on the iPad which I try to use as little as possible because several have broken for me over the years. You also cannot change the upper case first letter to lower case with the Smart Keyboard...you have to use the iPads keyboard...it's all very strange that Apple designed this. For $150, the Smart Keyboard should have backlit keys which it does not, a single key designated to home screen, and a $150 keyboard should NOT collapse the second it's not on a hard surface. The positives - the keys have a nice feel and it has an immediate connection, but then my $40 Logitech keyboard for my older iPad...I had to connect it once and it never disconnects and it keeps my iPad sitting upright on all surfaces and it has a home button. If only I could have waited for a better designed keyboard to come out...

    72 of 76 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No place to store the Apple Pencil.

    Should have read more about it. I just assumed it would have a place to store the Apple Pencil. Seems like a major omission. Typing on it seems fine so far. Am going to have to research other options, however. Will probably return this one.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing keyboard

    Never a big fan of tablet keyboards but the apple one is amazing - starting with the quality and the design. Only ask is perhaps put the key withbthe "globe" somewhere else as my hand accidentally touches it while typing.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pointless and an utter waste of money!

    I purchased this Smart Keyboard to use with my new 9.7 iPad Pro and was at first very excited to use it. The new look keyboard felt very nice to type with and the Smart keyboard only added a little bit more weight and bulk to my iPad Pro.

    I then gave it a try in 'Watch' mode and this was when it completely and utterly fell apart. The viewing angel was all most straight up direct and made watching anything on my iPad virtually impossibly. I went to my local Apple store and looked at other keyboards and they all had this issue.

    I find this utterly and completely pointless and a very poor design flaw by Apple. For the price of this Smart keyboard I would have expected it to be perfect but its far from it.

    Apple's accessories at the moment are really poorly designed, not what I have come to expect from Apple.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    iPad Pro 9.7 Keyboard

    I am overall pretty pleased with the functionality of the keyboard. It is what it is, a slim keyboard that gets the job done. The angles it rests the iPad in are less than idea as some have stated but i can look past that. My major issue is that where the keyboard connects to the iPad has started to rust... I keep my iPad dry and safe at all times, it's like the batteries or magnets or something are corroding from the inside and leaving rust marks on the iPad and keyboard connection points. It has also left permanent blemishes on the iPad that i cannot remove. Pretty disappointed in this!!!

    59 of 60 people found this useful