Smart Keyboard
Smart Keyboard Folio
IPad Pro 2020 with Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pemcil.jpg
DeveloperApple Inc.
TypeKeyboard
Release dateSmart Keyboard: November 11, 2015
Smart Keyboard Folio: November 7, 2018
InputRegion-specific keyboard and trackpad
ConnectivitySmart Connector
Websitehttps://www.apple.com/ipad-keyboards/

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.[1] 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.[2]

Description

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.[2]

The Smart Keyboard received positive reviews, but was criticized for its high price.[3][4] 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,[2] made available as a premium alternative to the Smart Keyboard Folio.

References

  1. ^ "Smart Keyboard for iPad (9th generation)".
  2. ^ a b c Compared: Magic Keyboard versus Smart Keyboard Folio by Andrew O'Hara, AppleInsider. 2020-04-23.
  3. ^ "iPad Pro's Smart Keyboard is slim, good-looking but massively overpriced". Macworld. Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Apple Smart Keyboard iPad Pro". Trusted Reviews. Retrieved 17 September 2022.

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