Smart Keyboard for 9.7‑inch iPad Pro - US English

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  • Overview

    The Smart Keyboard combines advanced technologies to create a keyboard like no other. It’s a full-size keyboard that’s fully portable, and it connects to iPad Pro with the Smart Connector. Just attach the Smart Keyboard and start typing. And when you’re done, it folds to create a slim, lightweight cover.

  • iPad Models

    • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Exceeds all of my expectations

      I've never been compelled to write a review for an Apple Product before, despite being a loyal consumer since the first iPod Touch. However, I was seriously on I've never been compelled to write a review for an Apple Product before, despite being a loyal consumer since the first iPod Touch. However, I was seriously on the fence about this keyboard. I really loved the idea of the bigger iPad Pro when it came out last year because of the keyboard and the pencil, but the size was just too much for me so I passed it up. Now when this smaller iPad Pro was announced, I jumped at the chance to pre-order but I have been very skeptical about the keyboard. I used the larger version in the store and thought it was great, but upon receiving this one a few days ago ahead of the iPad Pro 9.7 launch, I was very hesitant. Handling it on it's own you can tell it's a quality product. It looks and feels great. The laser ablated fabric covering is fantastic and you will have no worries about ever getting any kind of gunk or grime under your keys. In theory, this keyboard should last a very long time. Though it was the size I was concerned about. I'm a writer and I can type over 90 WPM with very high accuracy, so I am extremely picky about keyboards. Bluetooth keyboards in the past have always left me disappointed, usually because of dumb pairing issues, keys being too close together, bulkiness, etc. But this.. this keyboard is totally different. I received my iPad Pro 9.7 today on launch day and I immediately popped on my Smart Keyboard. Within two minutes at BEST, I was typing full speed. Looking at it, I thought I would have to give it a little bit of force for the keys to respond accurately, but I was very pleasantly surprised that a natural, gentle touch is all you need. The keys are extremely responsive and feel great under my fingers. The keys "look" like they are too small or too tightly spaced, but I have zero issues typing on it. I am typing this review on it right now and it's amazing. For something so thin and compact, it performs just as well as a much larger (and just as expensive) desktop keyboard. It adds very little bulk and weight to the iPad Pro, certainly much less than any other competitor keyboards out there right now, and likely to remain so. With the Apple Silicone Case and the Smart Keyboard, I can still easily fit the iPad Pro in my purse, just as I did with my "old" iPad Air. As a writer who travels often, I can't say enough for how important this is to me. I no longer have to carry around a laptop bag or backpack with my MacBook Pro in it. For my needs as a writer, the new iPad Pro 9.7 with this Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil fulfill all my needs and will replace my MacBook, no question about it. I've seen and heard the gripes about it being awkward to fold, and I just want to say, it's not. It takes 30 seconds to figure out how to use it as a keyboard and as a stand, and then you're good to go. I had the same very brief learning curve the first time I got a Smart Cover for one of my iPads years ago. It's not hard and it works perfectly. Others have complained about the viewing angle. I've been using a Smart Case on my iPad Air for two years which has the same standard viewing angle and I've never had any want for more, so I don't expect it to be an issue here either. It's perfect for typing and watching videos, and if I'm playing games, the keyboard is off and the iPad Pro is in my hands anyway. The only thing I will say is that if you plan to use the Apple Pencil (which is also wonderful and the best stylus I've ever used) you may want to pick up a Smart Cover or some other option as writing on the iPad Pro upright is awkward at best, but that is neither here nor there when it comes to the Smart Keyboard. I hope this helped some of you who may be in a similar dilemma regarding the size of the Smart Keyboard. If in doubt, try it at the Apple Store. As a writer, I love it and my fingers have graced many keyboards over the years. This is hands down the best tablet keyboard I've ever used. Nothing else even comes close.

      • Written by Jennifer J from White Bear Lake

      1175 of 1254 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Exceeds all of my expectations

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Nice Keyboard, but what's with the hump?

      I was a little scared to buy this. I used (and loved) my Logitech keyboard with my iPad 3, but I liked the idea of the Smart Connector for the iPad Pro. It' I was a little scared to buy this. I used (and loved) my Logitech keyboard with my iPad 3, but I liked the idea of the Smart Connector for the iPad Pro. It's actually a nice little keyboard. I like the feel of the keys and it's light and doesn't add much bulk. I have two complaints. First, when the keyboard is folded and being used as a cover, about 2/3 of the cover is a fat "hump" with the remaining third (the part without the keyboard) is much thinner. It doesn't impact the functionality, but it looks goofy and is a very "un-Apple" design. Second, they could have easily added a loop or pocket to this case to hold the Apple Pencil, but didn't. The pencil is very nice, but it's smooth and round with no clip (or way to add one), so I haven't figured out how to keep it "connected" to the iPad.

      • Written by DAVID F from Centerton

      892 of 965 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Nice Keyboard, but what's with the hump?

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Perfect accessory for the new 9.7 iPad Pro

      My new 9.7 iPad Pro was delivered today. I quickly realized that while the dimensions are the same as the iPad Air 2, I forgot about the 4 speakers! So, my o My new 9.7 iPad Pro was delivered today. I quickly realized that while the dimensions are the same as the iPad Air 2, I forgot about the 4 speakers! So, my old keyboard case would not work. So, off I went to the Apple Store to get the Pro Smart Keyboard. I love this keyboard. PROS: no pairing required, keys have a good tactile feel and very receptive, size of the keyboard allows for easy typing, love that it has the directional arrow keys and wake/sleep feature CONS: I wish it was flat when closed but it is less bothersome than I thought it would be; and I wish it came in more colors Review written with the Smart Keyboard and my iPad Pro 9.7

      • Written by Patricia H from Virginia Beach

      730 of 787 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Perfect accessory for the new 9.7 iPad Pro

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Stopped working after 13 months

      Same as all the other reviews, stopped working just after the warranty ended. This is my second keyboard, the first one died two weeks before the warranty expir Same as all the other reviews, stopped working just after the warranty ended. This is my second keyboard, the first one died two weeks before the warranty expired. Great in every other aspect, just not durable beyond one year.

      • Written by Indu M from Houston

      Is this review useful?Stopped working after 13 months

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      It's good news and bad news

      Read the reviews and you will immediately understand the pros and cons of this keyboard. The pros are that it's lightweight, nicely designed and it greatly enh Read the reviews and you will immediately understand the pros and cons of this keyboard. The pros are that it's lightweight, nicely designed and it greatly enhances the usability of the ipad to the extent that I can more often leave my Mac at home. (Alright it's not backlit but it's supposed to be portable for God's sake). However the cons (or con) is that it WILL stop working - somewhere between 12 and 24 months after you bought it and usually just after the warranty runs out. This happened to me, it happened to most of the reviewers on this site and the forums are littered with complaints by people who have suffered the same thing. The problem appears to be with the magnetic coupling which becomes de-magnetised after a period so that the keyboard is no longer recognised. This is not an isolated problem. It happens A LOT - to the extent that this begins to look like built in obsolescence on Apple's part. It's a problem that really should have been fixed by now. That said, I have just bitten the bullet and bought my second one of these gadgets because I simply find it that indispensible. It took a bit of soul searching to fork out another £140 knowing that this will probably happen again but in the end I figured it was worth it - just. This really would be a much better product if it was just a little bit more reliable - I have cartons of long life milk that have lasted longer than this.

      • Written by Allan B from London

      1 of 1 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?It's good news and bad news

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Very bad for the Apple name

      Like countless others I have the problem of intermittent failure, often accompanied by the message that the product is not genuine. Cold restart helps, but not Like countless others I have the problem of intermittent failure, often accompanied by the message that the product is not genuine. Cold restart helps, but not always. A factory reset helped for a while and then even that didn’t last long. I’m led to suspect that the problem is an iOS change designed to lock out non-genuine keyboards. It’s either that or the keyboard is a piece of trash physically. Either way it does not augur well for the future of Apple. Looks like I’ll have to buy a Logitech keyboard but more importantly I’ll never again to be tempted to buy Apple.

      • Written by John N from Macquarie

      Is this review useful?Very bad for the Apple name