Apple Smart Keyboard showing some wear

Discussion in 'iPad' started by nalbagli, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. nalbagli macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    Hi only after a week of using my Apple Smart Keyboard my Space Bar is starting to show some wear on the right side. At first I believed it to be just a stain that I would be able to remove but now that I´ve tried removing it I am starting to believe it some kind of wear. It´s not a huge deal but I find it really strange because I am really careful with it.

    Although it´s not a big deal, I am afraid in the future it may tear or something. Has anyone else had this type of issue with theirs?


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  2. lacordaire macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    I am using mine from almost 2 months and it is OK, no problems with marks up to now.
  3. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    Mine did the exact same thing on the space bar...doesn't bother me though....
  4. highdefjunkie macrumors 6502


    Apr 12, 2010
  5. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Mine gets dusty at times and try and wipe it every now and then. Think depends where you keep it can get dirty
  6. nalbagli thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    That's really strange, I usually clean the keyboard and I always leave it on the IPP. I've realized the damaged zone is where I press the space bar most of the time, but I don't do anything that could damage it. Although it doesn't bother me a lot, I am afraid of it getting worse after some time
  7. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
  8. artfossil macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2015
    Return it to Apple.
  9. nalbagli thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    Do you think they'll give me a replacement for this issue? I would love that, I am really afraid on what will happen after some more months
  10. maxsix Suspended


    Jun 28, 2015
    Western Hemisphere
    Any minor evidence on my keyboards that result from my using them, are not a bother. I'm not interested in displaying them, it's not artwork, they're my tools to get the job done. While I'm careful not to drop or damage my Apple gear, I bought them to use and enjoy. It's as simple as that. Why get stressed?
  11. nalbagli thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    As I stated, it doesn't bother me that much, but if just after a couple of weeks of regular use the keyboard starts showing some wear of this kind, I may doubt of the quality of the product and it's much more probable that it may tear in the future
  12. KaliPaige macrumors member


    Feb 9, 2016
    When you type hard or fast, or both in my case, wear and tear is inevitable. It doesn't mean that you're ruining your keyboard with your filth-encrusted hands, it just means that you do a lot with your keyboard. Take pride in the shiny spots! ;)
  13. makotoisle macrumors 6502

    May 31, 2012
    My keyboard did the same thing after the second or third day of use. I've had it since launch and haven't noticed any issues besides the obvious cosmetic looks.
  14. Marshall73 macrumors 65816


    Apr 20, 2015
    Really depends on how greasy/oily/sweaty your skin is, I have seen keyboards that are shined up because of the users greasy/oily/sweaty skin this looks just like that. Not much you can do as skin oil is a part of life, just clean it more often if you have particularly greasy/oily/sweaty skin. Although, in the pic it looks like you have been scrubbing it with a brillo pad across the whole keyboard.
  15. ehaugk macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2008
    New Jersey
    I am having the same issues with mine. Started about a week or so after purchasing and seems to be linked to where my fingernails rub the keys as I type. Space bar is by far the worst as I hit it on an angle when I type. I don't have particularly greasy or dirty hands and I've cleaned the keyboard to no avail.

    I was thinking of returning but odds are it will just happen again.
  16. JT2002TJ macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2013
    Ok... This actually made me laugh out loud...
  17. artfossil macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2015
    Yes I do as its only a week that you've used it. This is not normal wear and tear.
  18. Cnasty macrumors 68030


    Jul 2, 2008
    You are using it wrong!!!
    -Obligatory MacRumors post.

  19. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    It's par for the course given the material used in the ASK. The same thing happens with the Surface TypeCover. It's annoying but not much that can be done.
  20. nalbagli thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2014
    I don´t think my skin is particularly greasy and I doubt that is the reason because even when I usea a wet wipe to clean it or whatever I use that doesn´t remove it, also the rest of the keyboard is showing no issuesat all, if grease was the reason all keys would be "greasy"
  21. unobtainium macrumors 68020

    Mar 27, 2011
    I have the exact same thing. Also on the Shift key. It’s annoying because it appeared a day or two after I got the ASK, which makes it seem like a defect. Also I’m “OCD” (not really) so it bothers me...but I’m trying to ignore it.
  22. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If it did that in the short period of time you have owned it, it will likely get worst.
  23. max2 macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2015
  24. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Mine did the same thing, though over about six months. The weird cheap feeling material they use doesn't hold up very well to either my gross greasy pizza fingers or my hand sanitizer obsession. Zero functional issues though
  25. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    Mine looked like this like a day after using it. I just look at it like “yeah that thing looks broken in and used now like i get stuff done, son”

    I have a 2nd gen iPad Pro 12.9 and i’m still rockin the Smart Keyboard from my original iPad Pro 3 years later and aside from the slight greasy look to it, its held up perfect. Even despite my cat being a douche and using it as a scratching post one time

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