• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works when it wants too

    I purchased this keyboard to compliment a gift of the 12.9 iPad Pro in late January 2016. The keyboard's angle causes constant issues with touching the screen while typing. All of this I could live with until the advent of iOs 10 when the device started telling me that it was no longer supported. I have read articles from various apple trade journals stating that Apple is revising its warranty on this keyboard. First articles started appearing in print in May. When the keyboard was brought to the Apple Store in New Orleans everyone stood around scratching their heads. I was turned away with an explanation that maybe Apple would send out a notice to the stores confirming that warranty. In the meantime I gave up three hours of my day. On the iPad support forum mention is made of hard boot remedies but to no avail. Mention is even made of the warranty revision, but do I want to spend snother three hours waiting to be turned away again? I think not! Do I recommend? Not only no but Heck no

    68 of 80 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor internal design creates havoc over time.

    I agree with many other reviews on this page about the poor internal design creates problems. The keyboard is indeed comfortable, sleek, and light. However, after a few month of use, it has failed me - now twice. And Apple says "sorry your out of warranty." They replaced my first keyboard after it began and eventually failed for good. (Error message: "Device not supported." is how the keyboard begins to fail.) So... I'm not purchasing a third. Bottom line? Don't buy the Apple Keyboard for iPad Pro. You will find more frustration using it that you will get great use from it in the long run. Find another compatible keyboard (z@99), like the one I used faithfully on my original iPad 2 purchase years ago. Never had a problem with it.

    62 of 72 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Handy and useful

    Got from the Apple Store is a useful bit of kit for the iPad took a few days to get use to is shame it doesn't protect the back of the iPad so had to buy separate cover to prevent starches from appearing. Is good quality but think the price could be a bit lower. But would recommend.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Over priced

    This keyboard is way over priced. $265 for only one viewing angle and no backlit keyboard - this also does not offer any protection for the back of the iPad Pro - you can purchase a back cover for $129 which is ridiculous.

    I do like typing on this keyboard and the design does compliment the iPad Pro's aesthetics.

    I am a huge Apple fan and have most of their products but they are getting a bit greedy with their pricing now.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hard Call

    I've been using this keyboard for four months now, and I still can't decide how I feel about it.

    The convenience of having it always attached to the iPad is a win over traditional Bluetooth keyboards, but at the same time, it adds a significant amount of weight and bulk to an otherwise svelte device.

    It feels incredibly sturdy given its probably-as-thin-as-possible construction, but I'm already seeing glossy wear-spots in the fabric covering, making it look much less attractive than before. I can use it on my lap (carefully), but it's meant for a desk. Given that it's on a desk, it's probably under direct lighting, so the lights reflect badly off the wear-spots.

    Having used a number of other keyboards in the past with iOS devices, I thought I would be fine living without the dedicated function key row for controlling things like volume and brightness. I was wrong; I miss those keys terribly. The key response and feel, however, is amazingly good considering what this keyboard actually is.

    To make it work in a protective way for the iPad, you need to add the back Smart Cover, too. This combination is crazy expensive, especially considering I had a less elegant—but eminently workable—solution with an inexpensive book-style cover and a small, lightweight, fabric keyboard from another manufacturer (that had function keys). The combination, even with the external keyboard having its own battery, actually weighed less.

    I don't see myself going back to that case (which I even had a loop for the Pencil on) and keyboard combination because the always-on and always-available nature of this keyboard is fantastic, but not a day goes by when I don't think about it because of the decreased weight and the glare from the worn spots on the key fabric starting to appear and being a distraction.

    Would I buy it again? I honestly don't know the answer to that question.

    33 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard

    I have used the Smart Keyboard extensively for 3 days. It is quite stable on a flat surface, works well on my lap (use a child's laptop desk), The feel of the keys and their accuracy are excellent. (I purchased a Magic Keyboard for my iPad Air 2 and it is OK, but I frequently press the wrong key--not at all so with the Smart Keyboard). The missing function keys are not a significant issue for me (I use keyboard shortcuts and the Assistive Touch capability of iOS to handle my needs.). I am most pleased with my purchase--as I have come to expect, Apple produces quality products.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Ergonomically challenging

    While I admire the fit and look of the Smart Keyboard, the space key does not always produce space and the caps lock key should bedisableable . If i hit the tab key it works sometimes but often erases what I was trying to type. This happens on almost every sentence.

    I suppose that I've become accustomed to often flawless designs from Apple from the original Mac forward (128K) At this price, this should be better designed and in future I'm taking a much harder look at 3rd party offerings.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Origami

    The keyboard itself is really good - nice touch, once you get used to keeping your knuckles away from the touch sensitive screen.

    However the way the keyboard folds out is really awful! I can't imagine Jonny Ives designed this. It flops all over the place and getting it set up is like making origami.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty ok

    I have just picked up the Smart Keyboard today. As typical with Apple products, its beautifully packaged and presented. It attached to my iPad pro easily and works beautifully straight away, prompting a software update immediately. Im using my iPad pro to type presentations and assignments away from my iMac and most of the word processing I do will still be done on my iMac, but while I'm at work and have downtime I really wanted a product that was lightweight and would be easier to type with rather than using the onscreen keyboard the iPad pro offers. The feel of the smart keyboard is like a thick sturdy nylon and the keys are very responsive. It works best on a table top but I was able to have it on my lap and it worked fine as well, although I was afraid it might topple over... might take a bit of getting used to in this respect. Have read many reviews and not sure what the negative ones were about. I only wish that there was more colour selection and that they offered this as an all in one case instead of me having to purchase a seperate silicon case to protect the back.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed, cheap toy feel

    What a disappointment. Feels very flimsy. Keys are horrible, reminds me of a cheap calculator. I paid £139 for this toy. Having used it for a week now I would not purchase this again even if it was £1.39.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile

    These new iPad Pro covers and keyboard covers aren't much for durability. They pick up deep nicks and scratches all too easily. Combine that with their slippery surfaces, and you get a lot of unnecessary damage to the case and potentially to the iPad itself. Very disappointing.

    I do like the keyboard itself. I just wish the rest of it was as nice.

    I hope they reinvent these for the iPad Pro 2.

    13 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant Keyboard. £. sign help

    Just to point out as not in shortcut keys help,to get the £ sign hold down Shift and Caps lock together then press 3 while holding them down, press caps lock again on its own after ,or all your typing will be in uppercase. Hope this helps someone.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    weak magnet - now my iPad pro is smashed

    the iPad fell our of my hands (I was left holding the keyboard) and I watched my $1000 iPad fall down a flight of stairs and smash into pieces.
    Not happy

    30 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy the pencil, NOT keyboard:

    The typing experience isn't that bad and yes the keyboard is soft and i like it too,
    However, 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.
    And whats up with rhe CAPS button not working? Thats annoying and my THIRD KEYBOARD MY COMPANY PAID FOR, RETURNED. Just to be disappointed with the same exact problems that I am now writing a review on and I am not a review person I don't read them I don't like them I don't care about them
    I wish

    YES, The typing experience is great...But for the money, "I'll rephrase my sentence to the typing experience isn't that bad."

    However, Apple conveniently forgot 2 not include the iOS system specific keys...home key, volume controls, number buttons, brightness controls...play pause for music etc. Function keys and I won't even talk about what in the world is wrong with the caps button.
    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.
    Returning 3 bad keyboards isn't a coincidence I finally bought one off amazon.com and I was done with it!
    THERES NO WAY STEVE JOBS , nor RELEASE THIS PRODUCT!

    UNLESS this keyboard isnt a problem for u specifically to pay for out of your pocket, i wouldnt buy it.
    I promise u will be followed by dissapointment.
    Wait for Apple to come out with another one they will soon enough they will fix all the problems that whatever quack need this one over there working for Apple I promise

    These positive reviews are written by Apple, or and by, computer illiterate people, who have no idea what a good keyboard is from a bad one.
    these positive reciews have said NOTHING ABOUT MISSING KEYS U normally find and need on a REGULAR, no ANY OTHER KEYBOARD EVERY MADE!
    LOL

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected

    Bought this case for my pro with the intention of using it for uni, once I opened the box I was surprised there is room for improvement on this product but with out a doubt a ground changing product for Apple themselves, such improvements could be a pen holder and a light up function. But this doesn't change the fact that it is easy and fun to use love it Apple good work :)

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart Keyboard and Apple Pen

    I have not much to say about the Smart Keyboard as I currently can do without it for most of the time. However, when I do need the keyboard it has proven itself incredibly useful and adequate. Apple engineered it so well when you set it up to use the on screen keyboard no longer pops up. The one draw back I have found turning up the volume for the iPad pro on the keyboard is not available as far as a I can tell. My biggest complaint is the Apple Pen for the Smart Keyboard. Apple did not provide a clip or a slot on the Smart Keyboard to put the Apple Pen. As a result I am not using the Apple Pen to jot notes as I hoped. it seems an incredible oversight or mistake by Apple that Steve Jobs said that Apple does not ignore. At $99 one does not want to lose this for want of method to hold it.

    10 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    There is no key to activate dictation.

    This keyboard lacks a key to activate dictation. This is a major omission because it makes it very difficult to dictate when using the keyboard. I cannot understand how they left out such an obvious feature.

    21 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    OK, I have to say it...

    This is a great keyboard. I read all the reviews I could find on the iPad Pro, Keyboard, and Pencil. Only the Pencil got consistently all positive reviews. I got the keyboard because the Logitech keyboard was too big and too heavy even though it was backlit and had function keys. I have a MacBook Pro Retina. I really did not need to make my iPad Pro the same size as my laptop. What is the point? I may was well not buy it.

    I was pleasantly surprised that the keyboard DOES feel good and is easy to type on. I type on my deck a lot. I have had iPads since the original. My last iPad Air (latest) I just passed to my wife, but I never used it as much as I use the pro. I have owned many type of keyboards for my IPad Air... Most made it less portable. Many did not feel like a Apple keyboard to me.

    The keyboard design was well thought out. Small footrprint. Doubles as a cover. Can be washed clean. iPad are used around food a lot. Being able to wash this thing is awesome. With the pen, this is really worth it.

    9 of 15 people found this useful

  • 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.

    8 of 12 people found this useful