• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Just Fine

    • Written by Julianna W from Seven Valleys

    I’ve had this keyboard for almost two years and got it when I got my iPad Pro. It works perfectly fine and I’ve never had issues with it. I’m a college student and write all my papers and take all my notes on my iPad using the keyboard and it still works like when I got it, not sure why a lot of people are complaining I’ve never had any of these issues. Pushing on the keys has a nice feel only thing is that it can get dirty but wiping it with some electronic spray cleans it up. Saw bad reviews for the Apple Pencil which I wanted but saw even worse reviews for the keyboard, I enjoy my keyboard so I will probably still be buying the pencil.

    43 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works when it wants too

    • Written by Timothy W K from Pass Christian

    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

    157 of 178 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor internal design creates havoc over time.

    • Written by Patrick T from LAKELAND

    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.

    137 of 150 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hard Call

    • Written by John I from Berryville

    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

    • Written by Sam O S from Portland

    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

    • Written by lou D from reisterstown

    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

    Fragile

    • Written by Jeremy F from Chehalis

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    weak magnet - now my iPad pro is smashed

    • Written by James W from Vienna

    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:

    • Written by katherine G from birmingham,

    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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Smart Keyboard and Apple Pen

    • Written by Andrew P. J from Saint Albans

    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.

    • Written by Robert L from Manhattan Beach

    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...

    • Written by Crystal L from Chantilly

    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

    • Written by Bradley C from Camden

    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

    • Written by Jose D M from Citrus Heights

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Some right, a lot wrong.

    • Written by Edward D from Phoenix

    While the actual keys are well spaced this remains a clearly last minute underengineered keyboard designed by obvious Apple freshmen. slapped on without much forethought and executed with no skill; at first blush the missing backlight and caps indicator seem terrible, but when you realize the keyboard doesn't stand properly in any of the three designed methods, and that it doesn't contain any real function keys, and that it fatigues the hands - and that there are options for a full case and keyboard for 30$ - well, it's insulting that Apple charges what they do for an absolutely poor piece of hardware which will very clearly be succeeded shortly by a revision which at the very least brings back the backlight Apple fought to engrain as important// at $50 this would maybe get 2.5 stars, at this price, if I could give it under one I would.

    23 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NO CUSTOM iOS KEYS

    • Written by Ashley N from Fort Smith

    The typing experience isn't that bad...But 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.

    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. Cutting cost was the only reason they chose not to include them.

    I never even thought to look for them before I ordered one. I am returning mine and will be looking for an aftermarket solution. Very disappointed.

    15 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best Keyboard out there for an iPad

    • Written by Michael Z from Las Vegas

    The fact that you never have to charge the keyboard is great. It is well built and easy to type. I do wish that it came with the a full case but it functions nicely with any case that covers the back of the iPad. It is a good alternative to having to carry a laptop everywhere.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An amazing addition that makes it a true pro machine

    • Written by Gabriele F from Rome

    I bought the iPad Pro in December and was skeptical when I thought that it could replace my Mac for school work , but now that I got the keyboard the iPad has replaced my Mac. This is such a great accessory; and also the fact that it doesn't require Bluetooth or charging makes it a deal-maker for me.

    It's just really convenient for people who actually want to get something done on their iPad Pros.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive poor design

    • Written by Martha M from Mendham

    I was so excited when I purchased my keyboard only 3 weeks ago, that excitement lasted only a week and it has become such a pain that today I decided that I am done with it and just purchased a regular Smart Cover. I wish I could return the keyboard was such a big investment and instead of making my iPad better it really made it impossible to work with.
    The magnets are not strong enough to keep the keyboard in place , it keeps coming off and when travelling with it, it flaps open inside the backpack and the iPad battery drains. The idea is good but the design is poor. I came to the point of preferring typing straight into The iPad screen instead of carrying it around.
    Sometimes the connection fails and the iPad and keyboard stop communicating properly, the only way to fix this was detaching the keyboard and attach it again.
    The issue about how it keeps unattached came to a point where I had to use an elastic to create a good permanent closure before putting it inside my bag.
    Usually love apple products, but this one is a fail.... And such a big investment!! Don't buy it not worth it at all.

    22 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Minimalist, svelte design that reveals an obsession with details

    • Written by James F. H from Church Hill

    I've been thoroughly impressed with Apple's Smart Keyboard. It features a minimalist, svelte design that reveals an obsession with details. The unique, conductive fabric that Apple has created is very innovative and allows for two-way exchange of both power and data. And the laser ablated custom-woven fabric, of the keyboard, has a great feel to it; it is also water and stain resistant.

    The proximity of the screen and keyboard in "type" mode allows you to transition from typing to touching the screen seamlessly. In this way, using iPad Pro with the Smart Keyboard feels very intuitive. When looking at cost, this keyboard provides value far beyond its price. If you're looking for an extraordinarily functional keyboard that also features unparalleled, first in class design, this is the keyboard for you.

    14 of 18 people found this useful