|Release date||Smart Keyboard: November 11, 2015|
Smart Keyboard Folio: November 7, 2018
|Input||Region-specific keyboard and trackpad|
The Smart Keyboard is a hardware keyboard and cover designed by Apple for the iPad Pro (1st generation) and 2nd generation, iPad Air (3rd generation), and iPad (7th generation) and later. The cover was redesigned and renamed to Smart Keyboard Folio, for the iPad Pro (3rd generation) and later, and iPad Air (4th generation) and later.
Introduced in November 2015, the Smart Keyboard resembles a MacBook keyboard that has been built into a Smart Cover, allowing it to serve as both a cover for the display, a stand, and a physical keyboard. It features keys covered in woven fabric, that is resistant to water and other liquids. Measuring in at 4 mm, the Smart Keyboard does not include external wires or Bluetooth, and does not contain batteries that would need to be charged. Instead, it is powered by the magnetic Smart Connector, a port included on the iPad Pro, as well as several iPad and iPad Air models.
The Smart Keyboard received positive reviews, but was criticized for its high price. The Smart Keyboard started at a price of 169 USD, but eventually received a price drop to 159 USD.
The Smart Keyboard Folio supersedes the previous Smart Keyboard for newer generation iPad Pros and iPad Airs, and was introduced in November 2018. It is powered by the magnetic Smart Connector and does not require batteries. In May 2020, Apple introduced a higher-end Magic Keyboard for iPad, made available as a premium alternative to the Smart Keyboard Folio.