• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    High price, no back protection, no backlit keyboard are disadvantages

    I had to buy this sight unseen as the local big box store had no covers for the 10.5 inch iPad Pro. I was not happy to see there is no back cover to protect the iPad once it arrived. I bought a Smart Cover for my first iPad and stopped using it as soon as I was able to buy a cover that protected the front and back. There is no way that the back will not get scratched without a cover! I like how the cover protects the front and I like the keyboard itself, but for $159 I would like to protect the entire iPad! I would like to see a backlit keyboard as well. I have only used this for a few hours, but will probably return it for something that will protect it better.

    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Lovely keyboard; does not include magic force field or other accessories

    This keyboard, as described, is exactly like the 9.7" version, but slightly wider. I found the 9.7" comfortable enough (if a bit cramped), and this one is even better. I personally find the feel and sound of the keys to be very satisfying, but - for what it's worth - I also love the new MBP keyboards. If you don't, we may have different keyboard preferences. (Both incidentally have dramatically improved my RSI problems).

    I did have an issue with the front edge lifting slightly when I first set it up. I had the exact same problem with my 9.7" and now, as then, resettling it and typing out a few sentences fixed the problem permanently.

    As for the back case, this keyboard has never come with a back case. I used and loved the silicone back case on my last iPad, but when I wanted to write on the iPad, the back cover + keyboard really made it too thick to be comfortable. When I couldn't order the silicone case, I realized that the back is always either propped up, covered by the keyboard, or in a sleeve anyway. I would probably buy one if I could, but it really isn't necessary with the keyboard. If you are worried about dropping it, I would recommend the Logitech or one of the many, rugged third-party cases.

    And pro tip: you can hold down the ⌘ key in any app and on the home screen to see built-in keyboard shortcuts. A lot of things - like searching, going home, and switching apps - can be done very easily without dedicated buttons.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Keyboard!

    I have to admit, the only reason I bought the keyboard was because smart covers and sleeves were the only covers available for the new iPad 10.5 Pro. Wow! What a surprise the keyboard has turned out to be. It is simply amazing and I have truly fallen in love! I have taken the time to learn more shortcut functions making the keyboard soar giving me the ability to do most anything. I really like the way the keyboard folds and provides a little extra support when taking photos or shooting a video. I like how easy it is to stand my iPad Pro up to watch a movie, and I love the way the keyboard folds in neatly and becomes a Smart Cover to protect my screen, lock my iPad Pro, and securely hold my Apple Pencil on the top of the Smart Cover. Above all, I love the ease of the keyboard and standing position making journaling more fun than I could imagine. Yes, I would still like to have a cover for the back of my new iPad 10.5, but I'm so glad not having that option as a choice encouraged me to make what has turned out to be another great Apple experience. Thanks Apple!

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious Quality Issue

    Just upgraded from the 9.7" iPad Pro w/ Smart Keyboard, which I have been using for about a year.

    Like a couple other reviewers commented, when placed in typing position, the bottom of the keyboard does not lie flat on the surface (a flat one, of course), making it impossible to type.

    I know this is not a design flaw as the 9.7" version worked perfectly and I loved it.

    The only other note I have to potential buyers is that this Smart Keyboard does add quite a bit of weight to the iPad (relatively speaking) - slightly over 50% of the iPad's weight.

    Will be bringing the keyboard back to Apple Store and see what they say...

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The cover that offers no protection.

    The Smart keyboard, in my case fore the 9.7 model, is nice to use as a keyboard. Unfortunately it is only a cover, and offers no protection in even the most modest fall, as I discovered to my cost. My local; Apple store, Braehead, in Glasgow, helpfully explained that if offers no actual protection at all, and they are right. Good keyboard, lousy cover, no impact protection whatsoever

    23 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart Keyboard 10.5 inch Pro

    Overall, it is a good product, however, they need to make the companion BACK COVER like they did for the larger iPad Pro! I spent a ton of money on this little baby, and the last thing I want is to see the back get all scratched up and the iPad get damaged if that unfortunate fall should occur. For that reason, I spent another $150 on the leather sleeve. These are the types of things that need to be planned out in advance and available at the time of the sale release. I would also like the keyboard to be more reflective or backlit. I would also like to see external case attachment for the Apple Pencil.

    21 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it, and has a nice secret way to hold the Apple Pencil!

    This is an awesome keyboard for your iPad. It does NOT protect the back, however I don't think that's entirely necessary, at least not for me. When I'm not using the keyboard, I slip my iPad into a sleeve for protection, and generally do not use it in precarious situations. I like the clickiness of the keys, they are very akin to this years MacBook Pro keyboard, just with material over the keys. Lays flat on a table for me, I've had no issues. Also, a nice little hack I discovered. If you have the Apple Pencil, when you have the cover over the face of your iPad Pro, if you put the pencil on the right edge of the ipad, the magnet will hold the pencil, which is pretty useful. All in all I love it, and although it's pricey, would definitely recommend!

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easier to type with

    I just upgraded my 9.7-inch iPad to the 19.5 one. I have to say that this bigger version feels easier to use and prone to fewer errors than the smaller one. It folds and supports the iPad EXACTLY the same way as the other one. If it's your first Smart Keyboard you'll probably find it counter intuitive or, in the least, weird. After over a year using a Smart Keyboard I gotta say that you'll get used to the way you're supposed to fold it. I just wish the keyboard would also help prop the iPad when you simply want it to lay somewhat flat on the desk. I would recommend it.

    4 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    The keyboard, alone is perfect..however

    The keyboard keys are the best attribute. Its clumsy when using as protection for the iPad. I found it easily fell off the iPad while folding, closing, opening, and carrying. The Smart Cover was not designed for a keyboard, and yes, I know, Mr Jobs would have hit the ceiling if he saw the pencil.
    I'd wait a while for the other manufacturers to catch up.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very surprised but also highly disappointed.

    I was unsure if this keyboard would be for me, since I tried the previous Smart Keyboard for the 9.7 iPad Pro and I didn't like it. It felt awkward and I was making way to many mistakes while typing. It really slowed me down. Thankfully, Logitech came out with their Smart Keyboard for 9.7 iPad Pro and saved me. I loved it. Even though it was little on the heavy and bulky side, it worked great, the keys felt amazing and typing on it was a dream. Biggest plus it was backlighting and row of shortcut/function keys. When Apple came out with the new 10.5 iPad Pro, I decided to purchase it and give the Apple Smart Keyboard another try. I was extremely surprised. The keyboard is great, feels fantastic and I can type really fast on it. It blew me away by its performance. However, the two biggest complains that I have are: NO BACKLIGHT & NO SHORTCUT KEYS!!!! These are major drawbacks when it comes to this keyboard. Extremely disappointing. Even though I have been using this new keyboard for only couple of days, I am noticing that I miss these TWO features that are available on the Logitech keyboard. It's a hard transition from Logitech keyboard to Apple Smart Keyboard. I was considering purchasing and trying out the new Logitech keyboard, but after reading some of the reviews I am considering keeping the Apple Smart Keyboard for now, but I will be looking for another keyboard. Hopefully more will be available in few months!!!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great, Just a little pricey

    Bought my new iPad Pro 10.5 today along with the Smart Keyboard. I'm not sure what the issue is for the folks who have put negative reviews on here stating the keyboard doesn't lay flat. This works perfectly for me. It is totally flat when I have it sitting on a table or desk. When I have the keyboard totally folded up and behind the iPad in a triangle the way a normal Smart Cover works, it has an added benefit of making the iPad stand up a little straighter than a regular Smart Cover. This is good for FaceTime. I wish the price was a little lower of course hence my 4 star rating, but this product is designed well and works well.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love this keyboard!

    Previously owned the ASK for the 9.7-inch so getting this was a no brainer for me. My personal experience is that the touch of the keys on this particular Smart Keyboard is even better than the previous. This is exactly what the name indicates - a Smart Keyboard. It's not a case, not meant for all-over device protection. I love the slim profile that doesn't add bulk to the device at all.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Make protection for the back of the 10.5" iPad!

    I just upgraded from my 1st-Gen iPad Air, which has had its full-body protecting (one-piece) Apple Smart Leather Case on it since day one, and my iPad Air looks like it's brand new. I LOVE the leather case on it, and would buy one for my new 10.5" iPad Pro, IF Apple only made one... I love that if it were to slip out of my hands, and I was still holding the front flap, I wouldn't drop my iPad. Two of my friends who have the same case are refusing to upgrade their iPads until Apple makes the same case available again...

    So now, I decided I should get the cool new thin keyboard, but I really hate that it doesn't include protection for the back of the iPad, and Apple doesn't even OFFER a rear, silicone case for the back? C'mon Apple. And, why redesign the keyboard and STILL not include the row of function keys that Logitech wisely includes on their keyboard offerings? Logitech even offers backlighting AND a place to hold the Apple Pencil. So, this keyboard is ok for the typing experience, but Apple could have, and should have, done much more.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good upgrade over 9.7" model

    I do a lot of typing on my iPad Pro--but the keyboard was a little cramped on the 9.7" model. This new size is an improvement for sure.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Smart Keyboard Experience

    I am not sure what the other people are experiencing on this keyboard, but I have had the 12.9 and 9.7 inch Smart Keyboards and this 10.5" one feels exactly the same. It is a great keyboard and Smart Cover for the iPad. This was never designed to protect the back of the unit, and if you look at the product you can clearly see this before purchasing. The keyboard needs to be broken in for 10 seconds of soft flexing on the folds and the thing sits FLAT on a desk or table. Take the time to use the product and rate give it a real review! Overall, I absolutely loooove this keyboard, and I am using it with the new Apple Leather Sleeve on my iPad Pro 10.5" as well.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    Just purchased the 10.5" keyboard - it's awesome! I recommend it.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Keyboard Ever & Light Weight

    I purchased the Logitech keyboard for the 10.5 iPad Pro and found it to be too heavy, although the typing experience is fine. However, the Apple keyboard weighs on about 8.6 oz (244g), and a delight for me to type with. I like the feel of the keys and that it takes a little pressure to press the keys, unlike the MacBook (2016) butterfly keyboard. If you don't use the keyboard a lot but need one at times, you may want to get the smart cover as well, which only weighs about 3.4 oz (98g), and switch them out if weight is an issue.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as expected

    Not sure why it has such a low rating. Works exactly how you think and as advertised. I use it several times a day everyday with no problems. Its reliable and protects the iPad. Mainly use it for replying to emails. Use it on the 9.7" pro. Keyboard to some might be small but thats why I love it. Perfect for traveling and never have to worry about charging it. Have had several non-apple iPad keyboards and this one is by far the best. If your wondering if I would purchase this again.... The answer is yes. It just works.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Engineering??

    The 10.5 iPad is a beautiful thing. Who designed the keypad? No back protection. Feels off balance when the cover is closed due to keyboard "hump." Thoughtless design.

    28 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent!

    This keyboard is all I imagined it to be. It is not misrepresented on the picture in any way. The magnet is sufficiently strong to hold it glued to my new iPad Pro even when I lift the iPad from the table holding on any side.
    The keyboard itself does not bend upwards and lays perfectly flat on the table where I am typing this review.
    So I don't know what's wrong with some of the reviewers keyboard but mine is perfect!

    24 of 27 people found this useful