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Apple today released new international versions of the Smart Keyboard designed for the iPad Pro, which could previously only be purchased with a United States English layout.

As 9to5Mac points out, the Smart Keyboard can be purchased in British English, Norwegian, Czech, Slovak, Swiss, Dutch, Korean, Spanish, Italian, German, Danish, Swedish, French, Arabic and other language layouts when ordering a Smart Keyboard alone or as part of an iPad Pro purchase in different countries.

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The new language-specific Smart Keyboards are available starting today through Apple's online store and are priced the same as the U.S. English Smart Keyboard. Retail Apple Stores will also likely start carrying the new Smart Keyboards in the near future.

Article Link: Apple Debuts International Smart Keyboards for 9.7 and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro
 
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I wish they would debut smart keyboards that are actually smart and a pleasure to use.

I'm talking gestures, backlight, "clickier" keys, notifications on the front panel, etc. All those fancy things they've patented over the years but refuse to bring to market, along with a quality look and feel. Right now it looks cheap, it feels mushy, and it costs way too much. It's just not worth it at all.
 

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I wish they would debut smart keyboards that are actually smart and a pleasure to use.

I'm talking gestures, backlight, "clickier" keys, notifications on the front panel, etc. All those fancy things they've patented over the years but refuse to bring to market, along with a quality look and feel. Right now it looks cheap, it feels mushy, and it costs way too much. It's just not worth it at all.

Those things would cost actual money to make. Apples not here for that. Gotta pile up those billions
 

macduke

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Those things would cost actual money to make. Apples not here for that. Gotta pile up those billions
Haha yeah. Can't pile up those billions if those iPad sales numbers continue to slide! And as a creative professional, they're going to have to do a lot of work to get the iPad Pro ready to be our replacement computer, per that recent advertisement. Software, hardware, etc.
 

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These things look and feel so clunky, you know you're doing it wrong when Microsoft pulls it off better.

I wish they would debut smart keyboards that are actually smart and a pleasure to use.

I'm talking gestures, backlight, "clickier" keys, notifications on the front panel, etc. All those fancy things they've patented over the years but refuse to bring to market, along with a quality look and feel. Right now it looks cheap, it feels mushy, and it costs way too much. It's just not worth it at all.

I got a smart keyboard when I got my 12" iPP and love it - it adds little weight and I find it very responsive and a pleasure to use, although backlighting would be a nice addition :)
 

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Right on time before the arrival of the 2nd gen. device. Bravo.
They must have had some copyright issues with those foreign alphabets, no less. ;)
 
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Why the hell did it take them so long?

There is no earthly reason why they couldn't have brought these out when the iPad Pro first went on sale.

How many times do I have to bang my head against a brick wall? Yet another tardy decision from Apple that demonstrates everything that is wrong with this company.

Apple, you suck. Get off your bloody ass and bring out some new Macs, for crying out loud.
 

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Why the hell did it take them so long?

There is no earthly reason why they couldn't have brought these out when the iPad Pro first went on sale.

How many times do I have to bang my head against a brick wall? Yet another tardy decision from Apple that demonstrates everything that is wrong with this company.

Apple, you suck. Get off your bloody ass and bring out some new Macs, for crying out loud.
You got your keyboard. Now the rest of us have to wait that much longer for the new Macs. I hope you're happy.
 
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To everyone who says that the keyboard is crappy, well… Strangely enough, and even though it is indeed a bit mushy, I actually found its feedback and key travel to be more pleasing than the ones on the Retina MacBook keyboard and, dare I say it, the Magic Keyboard. Sure, it's no Apple Bluetooth Keyboard (which I sometimes bring along with my iPad, but is a bit on the heavy and cumbersome side), but it seems to be decent enough to write long form stuff. Much like the iPhone camera(s), the best keyboard is the one you have with you, as long as it offers physical feedback.

True, I didn't test all of those at each sitting (more like standing, heh) for very long and, true, I only tried the iPad Pro keyboard twice (once in the Frankfurt Apple Store a few weeks ago, and another time back at home at a Premium Reseller a few days ago, because only very recently did they start popping up, along with Apple Pencils, connected to display models in Premium Resellers, VARs and Store-within-a-Store Apple spaces – Portugal doesn't usually get enough stock for stores to be able to spare some units for display, and the ancillary display materials often arrive very late anyway, which is a shame and makes evaluating products that sometimes are already in the market for quite a while a hard task; either you know someone who already owns the accessory you've been eyeing and is nice enough to let you try it, or you're SOL), but that was the impression I got from my short experience.

Oh, by the way, the Apple Pencil + iPad Pro combo is INSANE. And I've owned a rather large Wacom Bamboo Create Pen and Touch and used a big-ass Intuos 3 for long enough in actual jobs to actually have an informed opinion about it. It's like a Cintiq, only better because you don't have to plunk for the extra cash on a full-blown computer. ;) Also, I found the Pencil to be a bit more responsive and all around nicer in design (even without a clip, which could be useful, but I'm sure you can get one of those as an after-market add-on anyway, much like you can already buy accessories to keep the all-to-easy-to-misplace cap in place) than the Surface pen. So, to everyone who keeps joking about Apple not being innovative, well… When the iPad Pro really starts getting the marketshare it will eventually deserve, that is, when there are enough killer apps *with cross-platform feature parity/near-parity* to support it (I'm still waiting for Word for iOS to support hyphenation and *especially* Affinity suite apps to become available on the iOS App Store at all to get one myself and ditch my old [Retina] iPad 3), the joke will be on you all. :p
 
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Ok, so where's the Australian one?

The Northern hemisphere produced keyboards never take into account that they have to be turned upside down to be used properly. Also they quite often miss the essential Kangaroo paw function key - How will iPad users bounce back to the previous page? Not least the beer key - how on earth will shiela's know when their hubby's thirstin' for a nice cold one?

At least the iPad itself was made with Aussies in mind as it can be turned upside down to read Australian.
 
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The Swedish one is $208, that´s quite a lot for any keyboard..
Can´t imagen it will sell very well..

Well it might sell a couple more in Finland, but it's not even listed in the Finnish site even though the layout is just the same and they've traditionally referred to the layout as the Swedish layout with desktops and laptops. I guess this oversight goes with the sloppiness we've got all too familiar with lately.
 
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