• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm hoping I just got a bad one...

    I have both the full-size iPad Pro and the 9.7" model with Smart Keyboard. I never had any issues at all with the full-size one- it's worked flawlessly since I bought it. This one- keeps disconnecting at random. It just becomes non-functional, usually while I'm in the middle of something important. Sometimes I can just pop the iPad up off the magnetic stand and drop it back and it will reconnect. Sometimes I have to completely disconnect it from the Smart Connector and reconnect. A couple of times- I have had to disconnect it for several minutes before it will work again.

    I'm really disappointed to have problems with this, after such a great experience with it's larger sibling. I'm returning this one, and will update this areview if the replacement works better.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    I hesitated at first due to the price and the fact that it looked gimmicky but.. How wrong was I!

    This keyboard is the gamechanger for me. It changed the way I used my iPad. Contrary to popular believe, using the keyboard and 'reaching over' for the screen is not awkward at all. It almost feels natural. The keyboard makes my iPad more versatile, whether it is for quick typing for a web page when browing on Safari or for productivity uses.

    Typing is fluid, It took me 2 minutes to get adjusted to the smaller keyboard but typing now is just as normal as it is on a larger keyboard (I'm writing this review using the smart keyboard). I'm typing this on my lap and it doesn't feel bouncy at all. Very stable.

    Keep in mind though that I have slim fingers so that probably helps with the typing? But I don't think it makes much difference for those with fat fingers.

    Folding is not hard at all, you get used to it after a few tries.

    This is probably the best keyboard in the market available for iPad pro. The fact that the keyboard folds inside the cover means that it never touches the screen.. Unlike keyboards produced by other companies that leave marks on your screen.

    Also the keyboard feels very durable. Now the product is obviously pretty new so whether or not it will stand the test of time we'll find out in a year or two.

    At first I thought it would be handy to have a dedicated home button on the keyboard but on hindsight it's probably more troublesome than it's worth since you don't want to accidentally hit it while typing.

    Pros: all of the above

    Cons: somewhat expensive (though you get quality for what you spend), only available in one colour, adds some weight to the ipad though not so noticeable, there is no backlight and no light indicator for caps lock

    Would be a 5 star if it had backlight and caps lock indicator.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, but avoid "watch mode".

    First point to note: US layout should not be an issue for British users - the only difference is that the € and £ symbols are not physically printed on the 2 and 3 keys respectively, and that has been the case for "British" keyboards for all Apple devices since forever. The only people who may find this a challenge are those crossing over from non Apple computers.

    So, let's get the bad points out of the way:

    1. "Watch mode" is downright dangerous - the iPad stands almost completely vertical and is way too easy to knock over, risking a smashed screen. Never use this mode on a train or airplane table (or any surface at risk of being knocked). It's annoying because the angle it stands at is not how it appears in the pictures on Apple's website.
    2. You lose the "long press for key options" that you get on the screen keyboard (and in OS X), for example for using accented characters. If you want to type é, you need to type option + e, then e. I still haven't worked out how to type a grave accent (the opposite of acute).
    3. No back light. The light of the screen illuminates the keys pretty well though, so it's not quite the deal breaker.

    Now the good points:

    1. No Bluetooth pairing!
    2. No battery! (although it's not clear what drain this keyboard puts on the iPad battery)
    3. Loads of OS X-like keyboard shortcuts to make your iPad Pro feel more like a Macbook
    4. Solves the onscreen keyboard's major flaw - accidentally selecting all text by typing too fast!
    5. It's a super slim cover that's barely thicker than the normal "folio" cover.
    6. The angle of the screen in typing mode is much more upright than the full sized iPad Pro with its Smart Keyboard, so that mitigates Bad Point #1 above.

    Unlike other reviewers, I have had no problems for lack of a mouse or trackpad... iOS was designed to make such devices redundant, and I see no reason why a touch screen device needs one at all.

    Additionally, I don't agree that the lack of back protection is a valid criticism - this accessory never claims to protect the back of the iPad. If you need full protection of the device, then there are other solutions that will help. I'm going for a super-slim, clear back protector, to use in conjunction with the Smart Keyboard.

    Logitech are soon to release a 9.7" version of their Create keyboard case, which protects the back of the iPad and has backlit keys. That comes at a cost though - the original Create is extremely heavy and doubles the overall weight of the device; the new version is likely to do the same.

    This is an expensive accessory, but there really is no cheaper alternative that is similarly lightweight and convenient.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Keyboard

    I love my keyboard and the fact that it also has a smart cover. It works perfectly for me and I have found the cover easy to manipulate and turn it from smart cover to keyboard and stand. It is great to use on a counter or desk and on my lap. I was amazed that I could use it on my lap and it stayed perfectly in place, just like it does no matter where I use it. A great product. Thank you Apple for this great keyboard. I highly recommend it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent, but at least one major shortcoming

    Great keyboard. The key size and placement required a small adjustment, but the overall quality and functionality are very good. Except for one thing: the inability to access the iOS keyboard through a shortcut key. Instead, the Apple website explains that I must PHYSICALLY remove iPad from the keyboard to access the iOS keyboard. I use alternative keys commonly for my writing--solid dashes, accents, and smart quotes, for example--so this cumbersome step is awkward and highly inconvenient. The globe key on the Apple Keyboard shortcuts to the emoji menu on the iOS keyboard, but not to the iOS keyboard itself. If Apple updated the globe key to provide full access to the iOS keyboard, I'd give 5 stars!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this keyboard!

    I like this keyboard because it is ready to go as soon as I open it. No switch to turn it on. I don't see any difference between this and the Zagg Rugged Keyboard, except that it is light and thinner.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawed design

    The keyboard is quite good but there are two design flaws:

    1) The magnet holding the front keyboard cover is just too weak for the heavier weight of the keyboard and it's constantly falling off and several times has led to the iPad itself falling to the floor.

    2) Using the front cover as a stand is not intuitive and also doesn't maintain it's position...it's always sliding open, forcing me to hold it in place to read.

    Very surprised these tweaks weren't polished before release. It mades a great keyboard cover very frustrating.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Perfect Keyboard!

    I love my new keyboard for my new iPad Pro 9.7. It's flawless and no need to charge it or plug it in. It's ready to go the minute you connect the iPad to it. Amazing!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really great Keyboard

    I absolutely love this keyboard (I'm writing this review on it right now.) It took a little getting used to since it is so much smaller than a regular keyboard but thanks to the way the keys are spaced I can type full speed no problem once I used it for about 5 minutes. I've had this keyboard for several weeks now and I see absolutely no real downsides to using it. Some people complain about the bump it makes as a cover but I think that is such a petty thing. If you want a flat keyboard you can get a surface: i.e. Get a keyboard with absolutely no tactile feedback that's a pain to use. This keyboard makes a bump when it's shut because it is a real keyboard with keys that feel like keys, which makes it way more enjoyable to type. I actually like the bump because I added a clip to my Apple Pencil and it fits perfectly right on the bump so it's all held together and the pencil is easier to keep track of. I think tag if you buy an iPad Pro you really NEED a keyboard to make it all come together, and I can't eco end this one highly enough, It really feels like and apple keyboard; very similar to the keyboard on the new MacBook, but I'd argue it has better tactile feel than the MacBook. Summary: great keyboard, 5 stars, get one if you have the 9.7 inch pro.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive Smart Cover

    Although I've had the keyboard less than 24 hours, I've posted this review on the basis that I think the item is unlikely to spring any additional surprises!
    On the positive side, the item does what is described by Apple. Nice strong magnets hold the keyboard firmly to the iPad Pro and it connects without fuss. The keyboard action has a nice feel and as one would expect there is no delay during typing. When folded up it's extremely neat.
    Yes, it will support the iPad Pro so you can watch a video*
    *It is extremely awkward (unsteady) to use on one's lap. So it would not be practical to use anywhere that doesn't have a level surface.
    The keyboard shortcuts are EXTREMELY LIMITED. As there is no mouse or trackpad to help locate the cursor, the keyboard doesn't add any form of extra functionality.
    And although this will not effect the majority, it is NOT designed for the left-handed! I use my left fingers or thumb to unlock the iPad so that is on the wrong side when the keyboard is attached.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally arrived. Worth the wait.

    This is a test while I type on the Apple Smart Keyboard cover. It's pretty freaking sweet. A little slippery than I thought but good. Good key clicks. Left shift is gonna get worn bad. So slippery. But still awesome. I still like how people get all freaked out because there's no function keys. I say who cares. Right? Wow this thing is pretty awesome. Yup. Worth the wait. Can't believe I tried to buy another keyboard case. That would have been lame. Although I definitely need a back cover. Gonna get scratchy. Scratchy! Even typing on my lap works pretty good. Listening to my wife talking on the phone when I really want to show her this awesome keyboard. But she probably won't care that much. But I care. Because this keyboard is pretty awesome. I'm gonna be so productive on this thing. Sorry MacBook, you're gonna stay home for a bit. Just saying. But probably not. Because I can't do all the work on it. But I'll do a ton of writing on this thing. At Starbucks. I love Starbucks. Especially the lattes. Was into vanilla lattes before, but then they just were super sweet. Before that it was caramel macchiatos. Those were really sweet. Man this left shift is slippery. But maybe it's just how I position my pinky finger. Everything else seems pretty good. Definitely worth the money considering what I paid for the other keyboard covers. Now what am I gonna do with the other keyboard covers? Sell on EBay? eBay here we come. Also! No need to charge this sucker. 5 stars.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard but...

    I preordered the iPad and when I got it I loved it. The keyboard arrived the next day cause a problem with UPS but when I got it I was so happy about it except for two issues. First of all the keyboard is great, it feels nice and it's fast to use it to type, actually I'm using it right now to wire this review. The only two things about it that I don't like are that, first, it doesn't hold when you wanna use it to type while having the iPad on your lap, what's the point then, I have a zagg folio keyboard for my iPad Air and it's great to be able to use it when you are just sitting on the couch or laying on the bed. The second issue is that it doesn't have volume keys, forget about having a microphone key thanks to HEY SIRI but no volume keys?? When I need to turn it up or down I have to do it through the iPad, really??

    Overall, it's a great keyboard and it those two wings won't bother you I would totally recommend it.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Pricey & Lacking Features

    The keyboard is "nice" but very expensive considering others on the market. I love the fit to the iPad and I don't find the keyboard too small as others have mentioned. I do however hate that the keys are not backlit.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No rear protection???

    Why doesn't this thing protect the back of the iPad? its priced very very high but dies less by way of protection than even the most basic of $5 cases.

    Typing and generally using seem fine - although can't find a home screen button on the keyboard which most others offer.

    Looks ver much like a first gen product, needs work and is far too expensive for a simple keyboard.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost great

    There are a lot of really good things about this keyboard. No Bluetooth connection. Don't have to worry about keeping it charged. Feels good typing. Doesn't add too much weight considering how much it increases functionality. The thing that keeps me from giving it five stars is the way it bends if you try to type with it in your lap. On a solid surface it's great, but in your lap it wants to bend across the crease, so the screen collapses toward you and eventually falls onto your fingers. Unfortunately, since I have a full computer at my desk, I'm far more likely to want to use this when I'm sitting casually somewhere, which most often means in my lap.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best keyboard ever

    This is the best keyboard I have ever used with my iPad, and I have used every kind of keyboard there is. Many are heavy or awkward, but this keyboard is none of those things. I especially like the fact that it just connects with the iPad without me having to constantly turn the keyboard on and off. If I were Apple, I would make more products like this because they can engineer the device as well as the product.

    I carry my iPad with me everywhere, and with this case, it fits easily in my purse. It took my engineer son to show me how it works as a cover as well as a keyboard, but now I can use it without much effort.

    Thanks Apple!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Big Fingers

    I just received the Keyboard for the 9.7- inch iPad Pro a day earlier than my account said that it would be arrive. The packaging was excellent as usual for Apple products. Set up even without the instructions was as easy as pie. Having spent all of 15 minutes typing now, I can say that it will be very easy to adapt to this keyboard. The keys seem to be very responsive, except for the space bar using my right thumb. With use I'll get accustomed to having to hit the space bar hard with some authority for it to register. All the other keys are fine and feel good to the touch.

    I especially like the texture of the keys. The fingers feel like they are settled on a soft piece of canvas, if that description comports with something that even exists. I can lay my fingers on the home keys quite comfortably and touch type with very little error at normal typing speeds for me. I would say that there is no difference with how fast I can type on my MacBook Pro 15" keyboard. I know that that is relative, but I'm very happy about it.

    For previous iPads I've used a portable Apple keyboard that has connected by Blue Tooth. No Blue Tooth necessary here. All in all I am extremely happy with the purchase.

    The keyboard does add a little weight, but it is worth having a more or less one piece typing tool. I may have to just throw my other iPad Pro 9.7 cover in my computer bag for times when I don't expect to be doing any typing. However, the keyboard cover will probable become my default configuration. Very convenient it I have to type something up. Too early to assess whether or not I can get real work done, but all looks like a "go".

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't like this keyboard

    I used to use a Logitech Type+ with my old iPad Air and I find this Apple keyboard cover disappointing. The keys are very small and widely spaced; it seems they could have been larger. I may be wrong, but I thought I remembered a soft rubbery feel on the large one I saw at the Apple Store, and when I got this one it was more like a hard glued fabric. The smart connector worked, mostly. One time, each time I pressed a key the letter would appear four times on the screen. It's not that this is a terrible product, it's just that I can't justify spending double the money on half the product. Returning this weekend and waiting for Logitech to release a Type+ that fits.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro 9.7 Disappointment

    I received the smart keyboard today and was really disappointed in its functionality. I love the idea of a apple keyboard, its streamline design and must say in the Type mode the keyboard is great but it falls short when using it in the Watch mode. Apple illustrations of the keyboard show approximately at 25 degree tilt from vertical however, after attaching the keyboard to my iPad Pro 9.7, it was useless in Watch mode; the tilt back from vertical is approximately 5-10 degrees which made it unstable and almost impossible to use in Watch mode. So disappointed with the Smart Keyboard- I will be returning the Smart Keyboard and staying with the Apple Smart cover which supports the iPad at a useable angle in Watch mode. Apple please redesign the Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro 9.7

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money

    OK, so it is in the small print, but don't expect to be able to find a UK GPB symbol and other 'symbols' are located on different keys, it is a US keyboard layout only. When using it, if you brush against the screen, you have to fish around to find the script you were typing because it will change screen. It doesn't cover/protect all the ipad. I'm returning mine.

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