Apple Smart Keyboard

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by max2, Sep 16, 2017.

  1. max2 macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2015
    I don't like how it unfolds because sometimes it is confusing. Folding it up is fine but I dislike it doesn't stay shut if you turn the iPad Pro over without holding it in place. Other than that I love it!

    Oh yeah mine does lay flat!
  2. TinaBelcher macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2017
    I bought one and returned it 1 hour after. My experience with it was awful. It was descent for typing but awful to use as a standable cover. When I tucked the keyboard away it would almost fall over. I may also add, the keyboard eliminates some of the autocorrect that the onscreen keyboard can do. For instance when I typed "Im" with the ASK nothing happened, but the onscreen keyboard was able to autocorrect it to "I'm" - the onscreen keyboard is the real 'smart' keyboard.
  3. craig1410 macrumors 65816


    Mar 22, 2007
    I’m surprised to hear that because I just typed “Im” and it correctly expanded it to I’m. Have you previously adjusted your spell correction settings?
  4. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    My Apple Smart Keyboards (first the 9.7" model, then the 10.5" model) have been my main keyboards for 2 years, and I love them. I do have a Magic Keyboard for my Mac, and I find the 10.5" ASK comparable to that as far as feel and speed. The 9.7" ASK always felt a tad cramped to me.

    It's not for everybody, but I have loved both of mine.
  5. Jinkst macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2008
    London via Sydney
    Have it but never use it. Never has sat properly, and as a cover I don’t like that it really can only stand one way. A standard Smart Cover to me is much better given the on-screen keyboard suits me.
  6. max2 thread starter macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2015
  7. JPIndustrie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2008
    Queens, NY
    I will offer one opinion towards ‘get it’:

    In the past I’ve always made due with the on screen keyboards with my iPads and save my typing for the MBP...

    I got the 12.9 ‘17 Pro and figured I’d try the ASK. Now I’m a believer. Never really liked or paid attention to keyboard cases as they’ve typically been 3rd party and ****** ,but of course Apple’s implementation is just that much better you’d pay extra for it. I’ll describe the performance as allowing it to compete with a Surface Pro in productivity.
  8. Nick Milner macrumors member

    Nick Milner

    Aug 15, 2017
    I really like the keyboard feel, but if I place it on a flat surface it doesn't lie flat. :/ On my knee, it's fine.
  9. lakerchick4life macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    I want to get a keyboard for my iPad Pro 10.5 inch, but the smart keyboard is just so expensive right now. The one that Logitech came out with has horrible reviews, too bad they dont have the CREATE one available for the iPad Pro, or the one like the 12.9 inch ipad pro
  10. Dave-Z macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2012
    That's configurable in Settings. If you have an external keyboard connected and go into Settings you can toggle autocorrect, auto capitalize, etc. on/off (i.e. you're provided with a separate set of toggles specific to external keyboards). It's a nice feature since some people can type with near perfect accuracy using a physical keyboard and do not need the auto correct features (which in those cases would actually be a hindrance).
  11. omelet1978 macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2012
    I had a bluetooth keyboard case for an ipad but decided against using that for the 10.5 iPad Pro I got. The main issue I had is that there was a delay since the keyboard was always going to sleep to save power. I'm using the Apple Smart Keyboard and it's fine. The main drawback is that it does not have a backlit keyboard but other than that I really like it and can use muscle memory at night. There are lots of cases on Amazon you can get too that are compatible with it.
  12. Donfor39 macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2012
    Lanarkshire Scotland
    Enjoying Apple smart keyboard.

    Smart connector snaps in to place.

    Proving reliable which was is my main feature.
  13. max2 thread starter macrumors 68030

    May 31, 2015
    I am still not sure if I am going to keep it mainly because it becomes a hassle when you don't want to use it :(
  14. IamDave macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2015
    North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    I returned the Smart Keyboard. Not because I didn’t like it but because I still have my MacBook and felt it was a little redundant having a MacBook and an iPad with a Smart Keyboard. I was originally looking to replace the MacBook with the iPad but some content I needed for work/university wouldn’t load on the iPad so I made the decision to return the Smart Keyboard and just use the MacBook for any lengthy typing.

    Now though, I am sort of regretting it. There’s something cool about being able to fold back the keyboard (or remove it) and just use the iPad as a tablet but in a matter of seconds you’ve got a (in my opinion) very good keyboard for text entry. I’m actually partially debating buying one again and giving it a go once more.
  15. cipher29 macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2009
    I'm on my second smart keyboard for my iPad Pro (within a year) and now my second one is starting to get flakey and randomly decides when it wants to work or not.. While I really enjoy typing on it, it's gotta be one of Apple's most unreliable and crappy products. I certainly won't be getting a third.
  16. Montymitch macrumors regular


    Feb 16, 2009
    I have one for my 10.5 and it’s a bit ‘meh’ for me. On my older iPad Air, I use a Belkin keyboard case and it’s been great. I like the keyboard arrangement on the Belkin better. It has a home button where the escape key would typically be, the keys are springier and quieter than the ASK. The other thing is the Belkin allows 3 different screen angles which really helps in different lighting situations.
  17. lakerchick4life macrumors 6502a

    Oct 14, 2007
    I got my apple smart keyboard yesterday from target havent put it on my iPad Pro 10.5 inch yet but had it for my previous iPad..wish that logitech would come out with a better keyboard case would order one from them but the only one they have currently available looks like cheap plastic from what I have seen..the CREATE one looks much nicer or the one that comes for the 12.9 inch but they dont have one like that for the 10.5 inch right now
  18. RedlegsFan macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2012
    Just picked the ASK up today for my 10.5 and I love it. Definitely finding it convenient and using it all the time, so far just mainly when browsing the web, etc. Yes it was a pricey, but no complaints from me as of yet
  19. Donfor39 macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2012
    Lanarkshire Scotland
    Lots of a.s.k. Fun yesterday.
    E-bay selling+bidding.
    1 ombudsman enquiry raised -no way related to e-bay bidding.
    a.s.k. Is proving to be the reliable keyboard I require.

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