iPad Pro Smart Keyboard

As expected, Apple has revealed a new keyboard accessory for the just announced iPad Pro. The keyboard, appropriately named the Smart Keyboard, is like a Smart Cover infused with a keyboard. Apple has taken some of the technology forged in its MacBook line to create a low profile keyboard that works.

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Connector

The Smart Keyboard connects to the iPad Pro via a new Smart Connector located on the side of the super-sized 12.9″ tablet. The Smart Connector will supply both power and data to the new Smart Keyboard for quick connectivity and ease of use. This means that the keyboard doesn’t need to use wireless Bluetooth connectivity, and doesn’t need to contain batteries.

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Key

As previously mentioned, Apple is using the key switch technology that it first pioneered in the most recently released 12″ MacBook line. This allows the keys to keep a low-profile, while maintaining useable key depth.

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard closed

The keys look as if they’re coated with the same material as the rest of the case, though without seeing better pictures, it’s hard to determine how the keys will actual feel to the fingertips. Hopefully the texture won’t be too “tacky” and allow our fingers to easily float between keys as we type.

iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Large

The iPad Pro Smart Keyboard reminds me a lot of the Microsoft Surface keyboard covers, and that’s a very good thing. The Surface keyboard covers are perhaps that device’s best feature.

The iPad Pro Smart Keyboard will ship in November for $169.

What do you think? Will the presence of a first-party keyboard turn the iPad into a true productivity device?

  • Jamessmooth

    I’m really excited about this thing. It looks super nice!

  • Scott

    $1000 for iPad pro, $300 for accessories… price point to high for my tastes

    • Shinonuke

      Not everyone have deep pockets

      • Scott

        I want it, just won’t buy it… and If I buy it, my gf will surely kill me

      • al7oot

        break up with her man… Just kidding….

      • Shinonuke

        Haha, I am in the same dilemma

  • Eikast

    pretty much a rip off. If it was $160 for the Stylus and smart keyboard then sure. But honestly the Stylus should come with the iPad Pro.

    • Jon20

      Agreed. Why sell a product by itself when it only works with another product. Should’ve sold it together at least. Same for the Pencil.

      • “Why sell a product by itself when it only works with another product”

        Uhm, that’s what almost EVERYTHING in the accessory market is…

      • Jon20

        Really? Cause I can buy a stylus anywhere and use it on my iPhone or iPad but Apple’s new Pencil is only functional on the Pro. Which means it can’t be used on any other idevice. This why I think it should have came with the device.

      • Oh, you meant “…when it only works with 1 product”? In that case, it’s still the same with accessories made for the iPhone 6+/iPhone 5S…they only work with that phone model yet they’re sold separately.

        Eitherway, yeah it would be more appealing if the accessories came with it…but honestly couldn’t still justify it with what’s currently on the market.

  • Chuck Finley

    $970 for an iPad and a keyboard? Christ, you may as well buy a Macbook Air at $900. Considering at a similar price you could have full fledged OS X and all the benefits of having a proper OS instead of a mobile OS it seems the only benefit of picking the iPad over the Air is if you really really REALLY want a touchscreen.

    • AndyDontCare

      I’ll stick with the bluetooth keyboard.

  • Inseltraeumer

    They really are milking the cow now

  • Joonyaboy

    Looks good albeit pricey

  • João Fragoso

    seem oddly familiar. i wonder why

  • This just makes the iPad a bastardized “refrigerator toaster”…nothing more productive than the first iPad with a keyboard.

  • AndyDontCare

    I used to carry a silicone keyboard when I worked on touchscreen point of sales. Tacky keys were the keyword (no pun intended, well maybe a little) there. You really had to smash some of the keys to get them to pop up. Didn’t Microsoft do this already for the Surface?

    • Shinonuke

      Yes Microsft did it. It worked. Now Apple follow. I cant put iOS on the surface so the iPad pro is the best choice right now. So I am glad that apple copy something that actually work and not a gimmick. Hope that statement is okay with Samsung diehard fans?

  • M_Hawke

    I’d just rather buy a Surface Pro.