• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top-tier, as always

    • Written by Jim W from Dulwich

    After reading the reviews and comparing the Apple Smart Folio to the Logitech Slim Folio, I was very apprehensive about buying the Apple keyboard. I do a lot of typing. A *lot* of typing. So the reviews of the Apple keyboard very nearly led me to buy the Logitech folio sight-unseen.

    Versatility, portability and lightness were my criteria, and when I discovered that the Logitech keyboard would more than double the weight and the thickness of my beautiful iPad, as well as needing to be charged and not using the Smart Connector on the iPad, I made the decision to give the Apple keyboard a try.

    To my delight, 30,000 words later, it’s magnificent. “It just works” would sum it up in a catchphrase, and to that end it’s just like every other Apple product I’ve bought. It’s intuitive, the keys are much more tactile and responsive than the reviews suggest, the materials are great, it’s easy to remove from the iPad, it’s incredibly light and keeps the iPad’s low profile and portability intact.

    The only (minor) gripes I have are the lack of backlighting, and the absence of iOS shortcut keys as found on the Logitech folio. The price is steep, yes, but you get what you pay for. Well worth the investment.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It comes down to personal taste

    • Written by Gina H from London

    I read all the reviews and went into the Apple store thinking ‘I’m never buying one of those’, but honestly I think your relationship to this product is down to your personal taste. For me, I love this keyboard! The helpful Apple in store elf allowed me to try several keyboard products with my new iPad Pro 12.9” and this one was by far the superior option. It is made for the iPad so everything clicks, magnetises and fits perfectly. It’s very streamlined. In comparison, the other options from different sellers were bulkier or just felt wrong. This one feels reassuringly strong and it’s incredibly light. No backlighting, but it’s not something I need so, again, it works for me. Looking at the keyboard in sunlight it seems to have a kind of ‘woven’ texture to the plastic which I guess is how they make it both light and strong. My only grumble is that when you fold the keyboard behind the iPad to write with the Apple Pencil, it’s a bit disturbing to the fingers because you feel the keyboard buttons and this provides a bumpy surface and slightly distracts from my experience of an otherwise smooth product. However, this doesn’t mess with the performance of the machine (the buttons don’t engage in this position) so it’s a small price to pay for a product that is superior, seamless and gives the iPad protection and immediate efficiency on the go. Price? It’s Apple. I just live with it. My advice is: go to the store, if you can, and try it out before you buy it. You’re either going to love it or hate it - and I love mine!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just arrived and I’m impressed.

    • Written by MATT W from Fort Wayne

    As someone who can touch type, the lack of a lit keyboard means nothing to me; for one, it would be a battery drain and two, it is completely unnecessary. Typing on it feels somewhere between the new butterfly keyboards and the old Mac keyboards; it doesn’t have a ton of travel, but it is comfortable to type on. I am also not worried about the keys being exposed to the screen when closed. While Apple has had a few misfires over the years, I find it unimaginable that they would make a support product that would intentionally harm a main component — but only time will tell. I took a star away for the lack of a secure pencil holder and the lack of options in material and color. That said, it feels like it will be a fine tool.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine just didnt last the distance!

    • Written by Kylie G from West End

    My daughter has to have a iPad Pro for school. We went with the Apple keyboard as it was lightweight and I thought Apple was a well respected company who made items to last. Unfortunately after 14 months (yes 2 months past warranty) the Smart Keyboard stopped working altogether. I went into the Apple store and they said that I could have it replaced for $200. I said that after already paying $250 just over a year ago I am reluctant to purchase another one as I feel that there is no reasonable reason this keyboard would die after one years use. $250 for a piece of equipment to last one year is very poor form. I instead purchased a Logitech one. It has a hard shell and the keyboard seems a lot more sturdy. I no longer have the respect for Apple that I once did. I like others wish I had read the reviews before purchasing and will be doing so before investing in any other apple products.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does as described

    • Written by Zach G from Rigby

    This product works as described, nothing more, nothing less. Still waiting for a leather one.

    11 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy

    • Written by Rod C from CANTERBURY

    I wished I had read the reviews. Very disappointed. I use the iPad for writing notes and when you flip it over you are touching the keyboard or the keyboard has to rest on a flat surface and then it scratches the key board. What a poor design from Apple. I have the older iPad Pro and keyboard. When you flip the older keyboard around it has an additional felt overlay protecting the keys and it also feels better when holding for writing or reading. What a waste of $300 and the amount of effort for me to return it when I do need it on the odd occasion is not worth it. I now have to spend another $150 on a protector case and carry the key board around with me and change over when I need to use a keyboard.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful, just awful!

    • Written by Phil A from Heywood

    I read all the reviews before purchasing and I was genuinely undecided, then I read one review that suggested I ignore all the haters... I'd of rather spent £200 on hot air if I am honest. Awful product, to spend circa £1000 on an iPad Pro to then purchase a Pencil for £120 - fine, that's Apple, but the additional for a keyboard that is like everyone says, ugly in its fit, feel and design - a complete failure in my eyes.

    I suppose you have the convenience of the keyboard being a part of the case but most of the time I carry a rucksack or bag so in all honesty, I would buy a wireless keyboard - there are plenty that fold or roll up - you'll get a better result.

    And to be fair, I mainly use this for design and drawing rather than typing and can do the minimal required via the keyboard on the pad, which we must have all gotten used to by now.

    Overall, it's a pants product and I sometimes wish I could stand in the store all day and advise people not to buy it.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worse keyboard ever

    • Written by Micheal J from Springwater

    I bought this keyboard as its an apple product. Here I sit day one with a new fancy iPad and this cheap keyboard. OMG, Apple what have you become. Never had anything so expensive and cheap feeling as this. Totally ruins the Apple experience for me.

    Think its time to start thinking about the dark side, SP6. At least MS gives you a nice keyboard for the price.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work for long after warranty expires

    • Written by BRIAN C from SCOTTSDALE

    I was disappointed when my Smart Keyboard Folio for my iPad Pro 12.9 stopped working. It's bad enough that it doesn't work however to use as a cover the battery continues to drain. There are no instructions on how to turn the keyboard off so using it simply as a cover is no good.
    I always think that if it's made by Apple it should be good long after the warranty expires.

    68 of 74 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly What I Wanted

    • Written by Markus Z from Orlando

    This keyboard is perfect. If you have a 12.9” iPad Pro you probably want it for it’s size, weight, and sleekness. This keyboard feels like it isn’t even there. A lot of reviews, to me, seemed like they were reviewing a product they WANTED and not the one they BOUGHT.

    The two viewing angles are great. I usually use the more accented angle for normal use but the more vertical is great for watching movies or TV.

    No backlight? GROW THE F UP. The screen itself provides enough light that if you HAVE to look at your keyboard you can see the keys. But in today’s society who actually looks at their keyboard? Stop whining about there not being a useless feature that looks neat.

    The simple fact that this thing doesn’t need to be charged, and feels almost like nothing is there while you’re carrying it, is so worth it. This iPad replaced my iPad Air 2 and MacBook Pro and this case is wonderful for what I need. It’s simple, minimal, and does it’s job well.

    Sure, you can wait for a third party to release something with fancy lights and more protection for half the cost, but then you may as well buy a MacBook.

    57 of 83 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good, but with HUGE problem

    • Written by VADIM C from Chisinau

    Love the feel, love how low profile it is, low that there is no need to charge it.

    However I hate the separate button for language switching. I gave it several months hoping I will get used to it. Nope, still hate it. Maybe it’s useful for someone who’s never used Mac, but I just can’t understand why there is no option to use custom shortcut for language switching.

    At home I always use my iMac and a shortcut for language switching. When going somewhere or traveling iPad Pro is always with me. While switching between these devices it dvers me crazy that the shortcuts for language switching are not the same. Apple, this is bad design.

    19 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Clearly overpriced but a good tool, like all apple products...

    • Written by Michel D from Quebec

    I'd like to know how they can justify such a price...

    34 of 48 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by WAYNE M from Knoxville

    There’s a lot to like about this keyboard case—but the drawbacks make me wince at paying $200 for this thing. For one thing, the keys are not backlit. For that price, I would expect backlighting to be included. The edges of the case are also very sharp—you could easily injure yourself if you dropped it on your hand or arm. There is no protection for the sides of the very expensive iPad. The keys take some getting used to, though I feel like I will adapt. The pluses are thatt it keeps the iPad thin and has two viewing angles. Plus, I like that it attaches magnetically. There are not a lot of options at this point, so it also feels like being held hostage if you want the new iPad Pro and consider a keyboard case mandatory.

    39 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I’m happy with this purchase

    • Written by Rachel B from Glen Allen

    I have had my new keyboard for several days now and read all the reviews like a good apple customer, and when I first purchased my 12.9 iPad Pro 3rd gen in the apple store a week ago I declined it based on the price alone. After looking elsewhere I was unable to find anything close to matching my needs of a case and a keyboard in one. I found myself back in the store and pulled the trigger on this and I’m glad I did, other then the price of $199 before tax I am happy. To those whining about the lighted keyboard my advice is learn to type I have no need for this unnecessary battery drain.
    As for the quality it meets my standards and works flawlessly.

    38 of 46 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly Good With Some Pain Points

    • Written by Jody V from Royse City

    - The keys feel great
    - I like that that it covers the front and back when closed
    - Great keyboard shortcuts (Follows along with many MacOS shortcuts like the previous models)
    - Feels light and sturdy
    - Great for lap use
    - Multiple viewing angles
    - Spill-proof

    - Not sure why people are so obsessed with it not being backlit. Learn to touch type? It's...not backlit I guess
    - No color options
    - No protection for the pencil

    - The keys are exposed on the back when in tablet mode
    - None of the felt-like material for protecting the keys / screen like on the previous model
    - Very expensive compared to competing products
    - No viewing angle with the keyboard folded on the back

    45 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart Keyboard for the 10.5 iPadPro Review

    • Written by Charles H from FRIENDSHIP

    I’m not happy with the keyboard as it leaves smudge marks on the iPadPro screen when closed. I’m also miffed that the keyboard is quite noisy. I use the iPadPro to take notes in meetings, and the keyboard is noisy enough to be a disturbing to those sitting next to me.
    I love the fact that I do not have to charge battery for the keyboard or the pencil. All in all, I’m happy with the iPadPro 10.5 at the price I paid, I would thing a keyboard and pencil shouldn’t cost $250+.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don’t waste your money on this folio

    • Written by Michael P from Ridgewood

    I’ve had this since launch and I’m highly disappointed

    - It offers zero side protection
    - Mine has a weird defect ,were the material looks like its fading away
    - This Folio can scratch your case if you don’t clean it once a week
    - The Magnets that hold the iPad in place are not that strong - I’ve had situations were i was adjusting the screens position and the magnet holding the iPad just gave way and almost caused the iPad to free fall to oblivion.
    -For The price its at right now, its just not worth it
    -Your only able to adjust your iPad in 2 positions , and each position isnt good for me cause I’m pretty tall and it always involves me moving my iPad further away from me
    -Functionality isn’t to good to, cant control volume - cant adjust screen brightness - cant pause videos on certain apps(i know this is a developer thing but still could of added like a pause button or something)- I constantly for some reason hit the caps lock key and that get super annoying-etc .

    In conclusion, don’t waste your money , get a Logitech or any case that offers full screen and body protection cause I guarantee you that your iPad will get damaged eventually. I was lucky enough to get a replacement iPad and keyboard the 1st week after the folio scratched up my screen , but many months later, it is march and the folio finally decided to scratch my screen once again. I also have dents on the corners of my iPad just from leaving my iPad in my book bag, and don’t get me started with the bend gate 2.0 with this iPad . Just do your self a favor and get something else.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best iPad Pro Keyboard, Why the bad hype??

    • Written by Mike G from Las Vegas

    So I was so hesitant on buying this keyboard because it had 3 stars on the Apple Website. Let me tell you the decision to buy it was a great decision. Yes the keyboard is a little on the expensive side at $200 for the iPad Pro 12.9”, however, that really is the only negative I can think of, and I’m used to Apple products being on the higher end of the pricing spectrum.

    This keyboard has been phenomenal, I got used to typing on it almost immediately, and I can type as fast on this keyboard as I can on my Mac Book Pro. I love how the almost cloth texture of the keyboard feels. I love how sturdy it is, it magnetically locks the iPad into place in the 2 orientations. It’s easy to use when you’re lounging around on a couch or in bed. Portable enough to travel with me everywhere.

    It greatly improves multitasking on the iPad Pro because when you’re using multiple apps you don’t have the clunky virtual keyboard taking up 1/2 the screen.

    This device in combination to the iPad Pro made me ditch my personal computer. For my personal task I just use my iPad Pro now. I still have a work Mac Book Pro, but there is really no way for me to get around that.

    I highly recommend this product to iPad Pro users who’re looking for a more laptop feel.

    41 of 46 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Makes the premium iPad Pro feel cheap

    • Written by David M from Aberdare

    The Smart Keyboard Folio is the biggest letdown of the Apple accessories for the iPad Pro. The only reason I purchased this was the fact that it uses the smart connector to work passively and it doesn't need to be charged, which to give it credit is a nice feature. At the time of writing there aren't any third party options that are capable of this. I do like how the case attaches magnetically and it feels very sturdy. And the felt lining on the inside of the case provides a nice soft texture for the iPad. Sadly, the main outer plastic material feels very un-Apple like. It easily attracts fingerprints and marks and just doesn't look or feel premium. Considering the iPad itself goes up to almost £2000, this case takes the premium feeling away from the device. Not to mention the case itself is an eye watering £200. The keys themselves provide barely any feedback, and create a 'knocking' sound when pressing (which makes it sound like you're tapping hard plastic), so it's hard to type efficiently on one of these. And when you fold over the keyboard to hold the iPad itself, the keys are facing outward which means you really need to remove the iPad from the case entirely to hold the iPad without the keyboard in the way. I really would have no issues with the £200 price tag if the keyboard felt more premium. And sadly this is the best option out there right now. I hope Apple improves this product along with the next-gen iPad Pro.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Everyone else is way over-reacting

    • Written by Amy Claire T from Alphington

    I don't usually review products, but after seeing all the 1 and 2 star reviews for this keyboard I was very worried, so I've decided to counterbalance the massive negative sentiment.

    Yes, this keyboard is expensive - but it is an Apple product and they are all expensive.
    No, this keyboard will not provide protection if you drop your iPad - but really, if you are looking for drop protection, you should not be looking for a keyboard case!! Would you drop your laptop and then blame its keyboard for not adequately protecting it? You would not.
    Yes, this keyboard is held on with magnets - but it functions perfectly fine.
    And finally, yes, this keyboard does look and feel different than the average Apple keyboard - but everyone who has used more than one device at once over the last few years will be familiar with the sensation of having to relearn to location of keys on a keyboard.

    This product is great. It means I can use my iPad as a latpop, which is what I wanted to do. I have no idea why everyone is so hugely against it, butI think they're massively overreacting.

    38 of 43 people found this useful