• 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

    70 of 85 people found this useful

  • 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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard, but where's the forward delete?

    I'm not sure why Apple made a keyboard without forward delete capability. Macs can forward delete using FN + delete, but there is no FN key. After researching, sadly I discovered there is NO option to forward delete. Come on Apple!!!!!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic integrated addon

    Having owned all previous 9.7 inch iPad's I have always had to make do with heavy, awkward keyboard cases that added a lot of bulk.

    The Smart Keyboard is lighter, has no need for any Bluetooth function to be on and is easy to type on. It folds very neatly whether in keyboard mode or just folding back like a normal Smart Cover. Only downsides are the ease to which the case often comes off and the fact you still need a separate case to cover the back of the iPad. That said this has made the iPad feel for the first time like a proper little mini MacBook!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart Keyboard

    There are lots of different iPad keyboards and most of them don't work so I didn't have high expectations for the Smart Keyboard. The iPad Pro is built for the smart keyboard (and vice versa) so decided to give it a go. It is incredible. It's small but not cramped and the keys have a really nice feel and grip to them. The outside case does have a hump but I mean there is a keyboard in there. The Smart Keyboard is amazing and for me is a must have. The two different positions are really good and perfect angle. I really can't say how good this is, if you do have an iPad Pro, get the keyboard, it's a must have. I hope this information has been of use to you, thank you.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding product

    Cannot believe how fast typing is with this keyboard. Great accessory.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fine

    The keyboard types well but the magnetic connection is fairly weak and pops off a lot during routine use.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I LOVE THIS KEYBOARD

    I love this keyboard ! It is just perfect for my new iPad I love the feeling and everything about it. I even like it better than my 13' MacBook Pro !!

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this keyboard!

    I expected this keyboard cover to be something I would use in a pinch when I'm out and about. It's nice to not have to carry around an extra bluetooth keyboard and remember to make sure it's charged before I leave the house. With this product, that is no longer a concern. The benefit I did not expect was that the keyboard is actually really nice to type on! I will be using the iPad Pro as my main computer from now on, and this keyboard makes it just that much easier to accomplish.

    The one drawback is that it does add a little bit of bulk to the iPad, but I think that's a small price to pay for such a convenient accessory.

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  • 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'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.

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  • 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 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

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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 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.

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