• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't listen to the haters....This is a fantastic "keyboard"

    • Written by Eric P from Houston

    Love at first use. This keyboard is amazing. Yes, it does only cover the front, but so what. Yes, there is no holder for the pencil, but, so what. Yes, there may be some functionality glitches, but again, so what. This Smart "KEYBOARD" for iPad Pro rocks. Apple only promised us a keyboard, and that's what this is. The whiners probably shake their birthday cards for money before they read them, so sad. This is by far the best peripheral keyboard I've ever used in terms of feel and accuracy. Oh, and the feel/look of the materials/design is far from cheap, as mentioned in some other reviews. They nailed it, AGAIN!! Thanks Apple. Bottom Line - Drop the coin and don't look back. This keyboard will transform your iPad Pro into a monster of mayhem.(in a good way). Cheers!!

    1466 of 1882 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    After 35 years of computing, my favorite keyboard of all time.

    • Written by Paul S from Lake Worth

    Yes, the review about the lack of a caps lock indicator is true, as is the (lack) of ability to activate voice in iMessage, but I still find myself loving the keyboard. I make virtually no typing errors on it, and it's proximity to the display makes the combination of a keyboard and the touch screen really work. With my other iPads, I used several aftermarket keyboards and typically abandoned them in a short time. I love this one, and hope that the shortcomings will be resolved soon in software.

    970 of 1090 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best keyboard experience

    • Written by Torsten W from Milwaukee

    The keyboard might seem a bit on the higher end when it comes to the price, but then it is a pleasure to use. Based on my past experience with Logitech keyboards, I was a bit sceptical in using a keyboard at first but so far have not been disappointed. The quality is excellent, the keyboard works and integrates well with the iPadPro. Some people might want a trackpad - but given it is an iPad, you really do not need any. I recommend to get an Apple Pencil as well.

    823 of 943 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

    169 of 191 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.

    144 of 157 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.

    145 of 162 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As good at being a Smart Cover as it is at being a Smart Keyboard.

    • Written by Douglas W from Harvest

    You know I was very cautious about buying this product due to some of the other reviews. As it turns out, people seem to love to hold one design concept to another, and then criticize the design under their redefinition. In use, the combination of an iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard is a legitimate lap-top alternative, but it is much more than a laptop challenge, it is a solution with significant additional abilities lap-tops do not have. Start griping about the things that are different between the iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard and your 13" MacBook Pro and you're missing the point, the advantages, and the experience.

    This device does not morph an iPad Pro into a lap-top upon connection, and thank goodness, because of the things an iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard does better than a laptop are significant. It is better at virtually any type of media consumption, and elegantly being a traditional tablet or a tablet with physical keyboard and being both elegantly without compromise.

    Use to be buying a third-party keyboard for your iPad was about compromise. You're typically stuck in landscape mode, you have to recharge the keyboard, you can't be a tablet again without pulling the iPad out of the keyboard, you weigh a lot more, and you are very top-heavy to name a few. None of those compromises exist with the the Smart Keyboard. Being as light and thin as it is, it is the first iPad keyboard that is as good at being a Smart Cover as it is as good at being a Smart Keyboard, simultaneously. That's quite a feat. So just do what you want in either configuration, and don't pay a compromise for the ability to transition.

    Finally, for trips within North America, this is generally all I need, and it does a number of things better than my laptop. I'm sitting in the C Terminal in Charlotte at the moment waiting for a connecting flight, and the iPad Pro and Smart Keyboard are in my lap and I'm banging away on this thing like any laptop. When I get on the plane, the iTunes .99 cent documentary I downloaded for the trip will be better on this device sitting in the Smart Keyboard as a stand will be a great movie experience. Deploying the keyboard is amazingly easy, and the typing experience is superb, and within a breath of my MacBook. The angle while unadjustable is at the correct angle, and using it as a tablet without keyboard is easy, and you don't feel like you want to detach it.

    Well done Apple.

    125 of 139 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

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  • 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.

    98 of 121 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Honest Review

    • Written by William H from Dallas

    I love my iPad pro and I appreciate that they made the smart keyboard and apple pencil to compliment the device. However after using this keyboard for about a month, I cannot recommend this keyboard, especially for the price and here's why.

    Pros
    - Connects via smart connector, which means no charging and and syncs immediately
    - Keys feel great
    - Very thin and puts iPad to sleep when closed

    Cons (which all are major in my opinion)
    - Only ONE viewing angle
    - Keys are NOT backlit (This is one of the most important one for me)
    - Missing entire top row that most iOS 3rd party keyboards have. This includes playback controls, volume, home button, shortcut keys, etc.
    - Doesn't cover the entire iPad, and doesn't work well with other cases that enclose the rest of the iPad
    - Doesn't have a caps lock indicator (so you'll often start typing in caps because you have know way to know if caps lock is on)
    - Very expensive (when analyzing all these missing features.)

    Just to drive my point home, I just purchased a $20 third party keyboard from Amazon, that has the key features missing from this $169 keyboard. Apple has to do much better then this, coming from a heavy Apple product user.

    Thanks for reading and I hope apple sees this,
    - Will

    71 of 76 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Super awesome!

    • Written by Larry F from BEECH GROVE

    A definite worthy buy. Although a little pricey, it is the best keyboard option for the iPad Pro, right now. The quality and material is as expected from Apple, as it is splendid. The keys are very responsive and feel great whilst typing. The size and spacing is better than expected. The weight of the keyboard is acceptably light, yet a sturdy build. I can carry the Pro and the keyboard case while open. I wouldn't wanna do it all the time but for a quick carry from table to lap, no problem.
    All in all, I am glad I got the case/keyboard...no regrets.

    79 of 94 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 be disableable . 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.

    71 of 81 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.

    75 of 91 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.

    72 of 89 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.

    77 of 100 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware, this is a great keyboard...at first. Then it dies

    • Written by Matthew W from Birmingham

    When I first got this keyboard, I was in impressed. It worked well and just automatically magnetically attached great but, as is becoming troublingly more often the occurrence with Apple products, glitches started after about 12 months of use. The first thing that happened is the iPad Pro displays the message "Accessory Not Supported" so, as many people do, I disconnect it and reconnect it, which fixes it temporarily. After that, every time you open the iPad that same message constantly pops up. Then, after a few weeks, the iPad stops seeing the keyboard altogether. Now, at 14 months it's absolutely useless and the iPad doesn't even recognize it is attached, so the keyboard is now dead. I use my keyboard regularly for my business, and I need it, I am constantly typing text messages and emails from an airplane seat to sitting in the bed. It's been adult used and protected the entire time I've had it. Never dropped or left near moisture, I take care of my stuff, especially my Apple stuff. Just average adult use. Don't get me wrong, if the keyboard was, say $20, sure, I get it, not that big of a deal, but as expensive as Apple products are, they should last well beyond 12 months.

    I paid a hefty price for this because I thought it would last. $170 for a keyboard that lasts 12 months is a ripoff, sorry Apple, this one is a major fail on your part. #ipadkeyboardfail

    I'm still not sure if it's a hardware issue or a software bug but, either way, it is dead.

    If you want a keyboard that lasts and works for about 12 months, then buy this keyboard, it'll cost you about $15 per month because at 12 months, it's going to die and you're going to have to either buy a new one or go without.

    I am really surprised that Apple has not done something to fix this problem. I really hate to have to type this review because I am an Apple person, not obsessive but everything I've got is Apple, iMac, iPad Pro, iPhone, Airport, etc. In fact I still have my original iPad 1...and the aftermarket keyboard STILL WORKS. My children now use it.

    Sincelry disappointed at the failure of a $170 keyboard.

    Future buyers: Beware

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and unreliable...

    • Written by ROBERT S from Sugar Land

    I bought this Apple keyboard with my 12.9 inch iPad Pro. It worked fine for the first six months. Then the dreaded message "This accessory is not supported by this device" started to show up. Now at one year, the message pops up almost every five minutes. Apple has yet to provide a solution to this flawed product.

    I've kept it for two reasons. 1) it still protects my iPad screen. 2) it provides much better support in the tilted reading position than the $60 Apple cover (without the keyboard).

    One effect from Apple failing to provide a solution => lost sales for Apple. Many of the students I teach at our local community college have commented after seeing my frequent "dreaded" message that they wouldn't buy this accessory.

    I'll revise my review if Apple corrects this problem.

    50 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by Zekai Y from Victria

    This one is definitely better than the Logitech one!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    such a shame

    • Written by Ross W from cape coral

    It failed shortly after the warranty expired. Frustrating. Expensive. Disappointing. I can't justify buying another one.

    50 of 58 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lacks durability

    • Written by Roy S from Oakland

    This was a great keyboard for about a year. I loved the keyboard's feel and that it doubles as a cover. After about a year, I started getting an error message that the "device was not compatible" and/or the keyboard would simply not work. I would have to do a reboot to get it to work again but would quickly stop working. Not sure if this is hardware issue or an issue with one of the updates but now I basically have a $170 cover. On Apple discussion boards there are many people with the same problem, so it is not unique to me. Very disappointed.

    43 of 45 people found this useful