• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ipad pro keyboard

    Really poor design, it constantly falls off, magnetic connection really hopeless, expensive and offers no protection to the ipad case, i have used for 2 days and i have now ordered a logitech which has a backlit keyboard unlike the Apple keyboard, do not waste your money on this inferior product, it is nothing better than junk, got to be Apples biggest failure and biggest rip off !!!!

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A smart invention

    Got the iPad Pro (the real one) back in July 2016 and have to say, although sometimes it can seem like a redundant accessory, liking the Smart Keyboard. It does not dilute the iPad it adds to it. It's cool to have shortcuts like my favorite command F. While the OSK is convenient if preferred, the Smart Keyboard gives you the whole screen to work on and it got me to appreciate on screen typing. This also makes the iPad watchable from a distance and prevents any of the compromises you might get when you use the iPad by itself. $170? Would pay $100, but this is a cool product.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Much fashion/little productivity. I'm expecting an upgrade.

    I still like to use it. It looks great with the iPad.
    After a few months: magnetic connection weakens btwn cover and tablet, but only slightly. The cover scratches the tablet (these tiny magnetic sand-like things kept coming out where the keyboard and tablet meet).
    I'd like for them to fix that magnet-scratching problem, and use a material that will cause the keys to glow in the dark as a substitute for back-lighting. Maybe create a trackpad & bluetooth capability.
    But otherwise, I think I got what I paid for. 3.5 stars
    I don't think it's deserving of four or five stars, after you've had it for a few months, (it's still being perfected)
    It'll get better.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish I had waited...

    My biggest issue is the connection point and magnetic connection. I am on my second keyboard. Apple was great about replacing it because the keyboard connection points could not all connect. It appeared to me the middle was stuck down and wouldn't release. Thus, it was unusable.

    I am now experiences similar issues, but the magnet is just not strong enough in my opinion and with 3rd party keyboards coming out now I wish I had waited.

    P.S. In my opinion, I wish the designers of the keyboard would have included a holder for the Apple Pencil. I understand not everybody buys one, but I'm sure most use a pen or at the very least a subtle reminder for a future add on sale.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good

    A $250 keyboard which ,malfunctions and doesn't have strong enough magnets to keep it in place - the smart keyboard cover seems to work well with my colleagues 9 inch iPad. But the scaled up version is not good. Previously described battery drain, unwanted wakeup in transit and not remaining connected to the iPad when opening, loading or trying to use as a stand make me resent paying such a large amount for it. Not sure what else is available but if you want an iPad keyboard look elsewhere first, Very disappointed.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good overall

    1) The angle of the ipad could be a little more upright
    2, It is hard to press the keys with your pinkies sometimes
    3) The keyboard itself is quite heavy

    I think it is easy to fold.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ipad pro keyboard

    I loved the thought of being able to have a directly connected keyboard, but I have been dealing with what others have stated here. It seems that since the 10.x versions of software, when my keyboard is connected, it randomly flashes the battery life and the splash screen while audibly beeping rapidly. Each successive software update fails to address the issue. Randomly I receive the 'device not supported' alert which I have to dismiss. For work, the keyboard feature is very convenient, but not with these issues, I am now looking for an aftermarket product, because for some reason Apple has not made their own native product work properly. Very disappointing, I hope to hear from their techs and they can offer a solution.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great at first but failed

    This product worked very well but a year in and it malfunctions (device not supported) and will not work. DO NOT BUY ! For the price it should work longer than a year

    32 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working

    This keyboard worked great for about 10 months, then in late 2016 it developed problems connecting with the ipad. "This device is not compatible" or "this accessory is not supported" error messages started to flash on the screen with increasing frequency to point where the keyboard became useless. I tried all the reboot, update software, etc. . . fixes, nothing worked.

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unbelievable Omission

    I find it quite astonishing that this rather expensive keyboard does not have the basic function key or any other shortcut to activate dictation. Why on earth?

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mine is terrible

    I'm baffled by the huge number of positive reviews for this thing. I type 130 wpm - on keyboards made for human fingers - and I find it one of the worst I've ever used. The keys are stiff, especially the space bar. I constantly miss spaces on this piece of junk. It almost makes me glad to go back to my zero-travel Ive-approved Macbook flatboard.

    If you like this keyboard, that's great. But if you're a touch typist and interested in this thing, and can get to an Apple Store, definitely go try one in person before you spend your hard-earned cash. You might find a generic bluetooth keyboard from Amazon to be far superior for actual typing - and 80-90% less expensive.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems over time

    Loved the design and functionality when I bought the keyboard about 10 months ago. But the keyboard is now causing my iPad to malfunction. The screen rapidly flashes time, battery life status and the iPad beeps when the iPad is asleep while sitting upright in the keyboard stand position. The off switch does not function while this is happening. The only way to make the flashing and beeping stop is closing the keyboard onto the iPad. I have detached the keyboard from the iPad and resorted to only attaching it when I need to use it for a lot of typing. The keyboard is also NOT immediately recognized by the iPad when I attach it, so I have to wait several seconds (about 30) before I start to type.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard...ok cover

    This keyboard cover, as a keyboard, is great. Though I understand some reviews issues with iOS and other function buttons being absent, I believe this was done because of the touch screen use of the iPad. I have gotten to the point that when I am on my MBP I am hitting the screen! HAH! No joke. It works very well and I have had ZERO issues with key lag or inoperative keys. Its been great as a keyboard, but....

    ...as a cover this really misses the mark. I dislike the magnet connection. It is a bit weak and makes a bit worried to hold my iPad as I have my other iPads with covers. It also doesn't protect the back of my iPad. I have had to go buy and cover to cover the complete iPad and just use the keyboard when I need it. Also the way it folds out is a pain in the neck. That's being nice.

    Just my opinion. Your mileage may vary.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, poor execution

    I got this as a gift with my iPad Pro.
    The problem isn't the keyboard itself which works as described, it's the way it folds out.
    On a straight surface the keyboard itself sits 5-6mm off the surface, so when I type, it moves up and down.
    Surely these were tested on the iPad Pro.
    If not, it may be that mine is defective.
    Jonny Ives, where are you?

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very ergonomic with some room for improvement

    After a couple of weeks of frequent use, I can say that this keyboard is easy to use. I experience very few keystroke errors when compared to a normal laptop, and actually prefer it to a laptop when doing web browsing or even for light email and document tweaking for work. It works equally as well on the lap as it does on a table, and my wrists don't feel cramped in either position. The magnet on the cover is very strong - it takes concerted effort to move the iPad when docked, which is a good thing.

    They really should make the keyboard backlit (or at least reflective) and integrate it with a full case, even if that sacrifices some weight. Also, it's cumbersome to read/browse in portrait with the keyboard folded behind the device, so a 2nd magnet would work wonders. Other than that, I would consider this a good add-on, if not a bit pricey for what you get.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Would have given a 5

    I had the Logitech keyboard because of the backlit keys and shortcuts on the keys. However, it was bulky and it began to scratch my screen. I went with the Apple keypad instead and I am glad I did. It's two downfalls are it's easy to get dirty on the backside and it does not have shortcut keys. I would recommend this keypad to anyone, but get a case for the back of the keypad.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best iPad Pro keyboard ever!

    I recently got the new iPad Pro 12.9" and then I got the new Smart Keyboard for it. I am typing this review with it and enjoying it so much! The keys are so comfortable and perfect for typing for long periods of time. I find that typing on my lap with it is actually quite comfortable. I love the different modes you can use it in such as the standard type mode and watch mode (which is great for watching movies and browsing the web). Being able to close it up like a laptop is so convenient and very light for carrying around. I am also very happy with being able to use it as a cover for the screen so it doesn't get scratched up.Overall this is a great keyboard and I would recommend buying it!

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, lacks in some areas

    The feel of the keyboard is excellent and it provides almost as good a typing experience as a regular keyboard, certainly better than any of the other portable keyboards I have used. It is a keyboard and a front cover for the screen, it does not protect the rest of the iPad, and it is not compatible with other cases that provide full coverage, so if that is what you need from a cover the Logitech is a better protection choice.
    This is a very expensive keyboard compared to others on the market. It does have a good feel and a slick way to connect to the iPad, but there is no place to slide in a pencil, so you need to carry that around separately if you use one. It does not have any indicator lights on the keyboard, so that can be annoying at times. It is also quite thick when folding it in the front, so it more than doubles the thickness of your iPad which can be an issue to have it fit in some smaller bags.
    I feel for this price point, it needs to be better, so no 5 star, I wanted to rate it 3 star, but even with all the detractions it is still my keyboard of choice.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not bad, but not superb either

    After living about 11 months with the Apple iPad Pro 12.9" Smart Keyboard, these are my findings:


    • Decent key feel considering how small/low-profile the keybed is. It's not ideal. As a touch-typist, I find it difficult telling when my fingers are on keys or between them; the dead space between keys has the same texture/feel as keys. This is a problem with all Apple keyboards and has been for a long time. However, for what this is, a light and small "hideable" keyboard for a mobile device, it is actually very usable for extended amounts of typing.

    • Relatively quiet typing, though the board resonates a bit when typing (like tapping on cardboard, which is probably exactly what you're doing).

    • Compact design when used as a cover (though it adds weight to an otherwise very light iPad). Very small footprint.

    • Solid connection (see caveat below).

    • Sturdy when in use as an iPad stand. It's harder than I thought it would be to knock it over.


    • Key labels are wearing off. I ordered my keyboard December 2015, received it in January 2016. The labeling is wearing off in under a year of medium usage. I mostly use the keyboard for Internet typing (like this review). I guess I do a fair amount of that, but I've never seen Mac keyboards' key labels wear off in under five years of usage.

    • The surface of the keyboard is starting to Iift off the base, around frequently used keys (the right of the spacebar, near right side command key).

    • No easy removal tab to pull on when pulling the magnetic strip off of the iPad. It seems to me that this will lead to people tearing their Smart Keyboards from repeatedly removing them. Since there's no repair ability here, that means you would have to buy a new one. At this cost, that is a huge issue. Apple has issues with disposable electronics...

    • The base shares duty of screen protection, which is risky for the screen. You must be sure to clean the felt (not easy) that rests on your screen when used as screen protector. The felt can pick up debris that can scratch your screen. You ought consider where you're setting it when working and check it before folding it back up.

    • No escape key.

    • The price is very high. Buying an iPad Pro + Pencil + Smart Keyboard + USB dongle was comparable to buying a $1300 laptop, but lacks the capabilities of said laptop. I wanted this device for what it is, so I still chose to buy it. But the cost vs practicality is a thing to consider.

    • Software behavior is annoying. This is a problem with iOS (as of iOS 9.3.x). Ex 1: it's impossible to start a sentence with a lower case letter; yes there are reasons to do this (note that iOS refuses to force capitalize sentences that are prefixed by colons, bullets, etc). Ex 2: Autocorrect has no business being so aggressive when using a physical keyboard. I find entire words changed after the fact of me typing them exactly as I want them and starting on the next word or special character. Ex 3: Having the keyboard attached makes dictation impossible (the option is nowhere to be found while the keyboard is attached; you have to lift it off the base to get the on-screen keyboard to pop up and give you the dictation button). Ex 4: you cannot type special characters by pressing and holding a key, yet you also cannot do auto repeat when pressing and holding letters (less useful, I agree; so there should be special character support). Ex 5: Apps seem to require intentional developer support of the keyboard. No support is automatic and there are tons of cases where websites and apps do not let you use the keyboard to do the same things you'd do with the onscreen keyboard or what you'd expect to do with a desktop computer's keyboard.

    • The keyboard acts as a screen cover and an iPad stand but it is not adjustable in positioning when acting as a stand. The lower angle mode of the other smart cases is not possible here but would be very welcome.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not hating, just telling it like it is.

    Overall, the Smart Keyboard is pretty good. While open, it functions as a great, study stand to prop your iPad up. Also, when open, the keyboard does function very well, is very responsive, the keystrokes pretty crisp, and has proven itself to be a (dare I say) necessary companion to my iPad.

    However, there is something gravely wrong with the connection that it establishes to the iPad via the three, circular Smart Connectors. I have read about this numerous times, so it isn't in my head: Countless times, I have been driving along, when suddenly I start hearing an incessant, rhythmic noise coming from the iPad (it's the same exact noise that your iPad makes one time when you plug it in to charge). Best I can tell, the Smart Keyboard and Smart Connectors aren't establishing a consistently secure connection, and the iPad keeps registering the keyboard being pulled off and reattached every single second. At best, the noise is INFURIATING. At worst, this issue actively drains the battery within an hour if you don't pull the Smart Keyboard off and break the connection.

    I've seen Apple representatives respond to disgruntled customers saying that it might be this-or-that. It's the Smart Keyboard and Smart Connectors. I really wish they would fix it, because it's a serious and prevalent flaw in an otherwise great companion product.

    15 of 15 people found this useful