• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An stylish disign most fitting this 3rd Gen iPad Pro

    • Written by Cedric J from Phoenix

    This new keyboard is a refreshing fix for some of the flaws of the prior Apple iPad Pro keyboard. I owned both the first and second generations of the iPad Pro 12.9 and although I appreciated the design, and sleekness of the prior keyboard, I encountered connectivity issues which lead to one keyboard replacement on my 1Gen unit, and two replacement on my 2nd Gen unit, i.e., two keyboards and two iPad Pro's as they worked to identify the cause.

    This new 3rd Gen iPad Pro, and 2nd Gen keyboard are both sleek, well made, and have presented no connectivity issues. I have always enjoyed typing on the keyboard, and like that it allows the iPad to remain thin and sleek. The protection of the full iPad unit is appreciated, and with such a thin presentation, It is in my backpack always, no laptop needed.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by Madelon M from decatur

    There are a few key design flaws in the smart folio keyboard. First off, the keyboard only has two angle place settings for the iPad instead of a full range of angles to choose from. This can get very frustrating for flexibility of use. Second, the keys do not light up, making it extremely difficult to type at night or in dark spaces which is very inconvenient for a student. Third, there is no cover for the keyboard keys if you want to fold the keyboard back and just use the iPad but keep the smart folio keyboard on; leaving the buttons flipped on the bottom and touching whatever surface. Pretty disappointed considering how much this keyboard costs. Apple could have done way better for their customers with this product.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not recommend it

    • Written by Alper U from Clifton

    It is a shame for Apple that this case’s built quality and materials. First of all with that price you really expect something more durable and wont fall off after a month use. It literally totaled from bottom to top. Edges start to lift at a point that I can see the hard materials of the case. I am very ready and willing pay more on a Apple case. But with this quality I feel like robbed... Apple really needs to think and made better case for ipad pro 12.9 3rd generation. The color options are limited , there is no leather version of it... It is really bad. That should ve been fix... Wish there is a photo sharing option so that I can show you how bad my case become after a month use with nothing extreme just carying in backpack’s padded laptop part.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Super Functional but Terrible Material

    • Written by Laura P from HOUSTON

    This keyboard is outstanding. Typing feels like a computer and it is very satisfying. My two complaints are that the edges of the iPad are not protected. I dropped my iPad and there is tiny dent/chip right on the edge where the glass meets the metal... this is because the case doesn’t protect the edges. Kind of necessary? In addition, the external material of this case gets INCREDIBLY dirty. I have tried cleaning it with every possible tech cleaner, water, etc. Nothing gets it clean and it looks grubby and beat up super fast. Hate that.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just OK - for significant writing look elsewhere.

    • Written by Bryan J from Fairfield

    So, good in theory, not bad in a pinch but far from the best thing on the market.

    Disclosure: I sold my Macbook a year ago in favor of the iPad Pro as my "on the go" work device. In that way, a good keyboard was a must.

    When I got the redesigned pro, I was disappointed to learn that Apple was sticking with the same overall design as the previous keyboard. Still not backlit and I was leery about typing significant amounts on it. Nevertheless, I got one as it was the only one available after the design change.

    I can say that the typing experience is not horrible. Will it help you write your novel? No. Will you get through a paper or two on it, yes. Email, great.

    Agonizingly, the price is eye-watering for no real change from the previous iteration. With so many excellent options on the market right now, (Brydge) at $169, it makes the entire thing seem like a gigantic cash-grab. There are better options out there.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Keyboard

    • Written by Justin H from Woodbridge

    Not back lit? As someone has already said, learn to touch type. In this day and age you should be doing that anyway. This keyboard has allowed me to use my iPad Pro for business reports overseas without ever touching the MacBook Pro that I brought along in case I needed it. The keyboard works as advertised, is comfortable to use and I like the two different angles, because I like to lay in bed in the hotel room in the evening and watch baseball with the iPad Pro on the lamp table beside the bed. The keyboard allows for the upright angle to do that. For my previous iPad Pro 9.7 I had to stick something behind the device to get a higher angle.

    Pretty expensive, though, but I’ve been using this for more than a month now and have mostly forgot about the price. I only mention it, because absolutely everybody else does.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't wast your time and money

    • Written by Mansour M from White Hall

    This is piece of junk and so expensive for a useless keyboard. Mine stopped working after two weeks . I can not believe that apple now getting so cheap that selling these cheap accessories under their brand. I did not want to waste my time to return it.

    19 of 33 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.

    9 of 11 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.

    7 of 13 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.

    47 of 51 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.

    39 of 56 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.

    14 of 23 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...

    27 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced

    • 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.

    32 of 38 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.

    30 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly Good With Some Pain Points

    • Written by Jody V from Royse City

    Good:
    - 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

    Meh:
    - 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

    Bad:
    - 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

    41 of 43 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.

    36 of 41 people found this useful

  • 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.

    32 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Inconceivable...And I DO Know What That Word Means!

    • Written by Jeff L from Crosby

    Let's be perfectly honest, it's getting harder and harder to be an Apple fan, promoter and/or defender. This keyboard has its good qualities like the VERY strong magnets that hold the iPad at either of the two viewing angles; however, that's about it for the good news. The keyboard IS NOT BACKLIT. Inconceivable! When Steve was still alive, he seemed to know intuitively what people/fans would want in both the main product, i.e., iMac, iPhone, iPad, etc. AND the accessories for those products. Mr. Cook is, seemingly, more interested in changing his last name to Apple! Really?

    Someone at Apple needs to step forward and take the reins of the company. This keyboard is, truly, limited in so many ways but the primary one is not being backlit. Add to that NO protection for the keys and the high price for an inferior product and you have an over all loser. Fortunately, there are other keyboards that do both of these necessities and they will sell like hotcakes to discerning consumers who realize their beloved Apple is going down the wrong path as far as the simple baseline needs of consumers looking for accessories. Inconceivable.

    31 of 57 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple really dropped the ball on this one

    • Written by Richard C from Port Saint Lucie

    $199 for a keyboard and when you have the ipad in tablet poition the keyboard is sittingon your work surface or if holding it in tablet mode, you fingers are constantly pushing the buttons. Don't wast your money like others. Wait for someone else to come out with someyhing better. There is nothing about this keyboard that is an improvement or worth the cost.

    21 of 35 people found this useful