darksoul78644

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Haven’t had a keyboard on my iPad Pro and was wondering if a screen protector will be necessary or will I need one to prevent scratches. Will the buttons cause any scratches.
 

cmaier

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Haven’t had a keyboard on my iPad Pro and was wondering if a screen protector will be necessary or will I need one to prevent scratches. Will the buttons cause any scratches.
The buttons shouldn’t cause any scratches. I’m sure Apple has thought of that (and the plastic keys are softer than the glass screen)
 
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Feisar

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I use a ShaggyMax microfiber cloth between the iPad display and MK when closed. Keeps the display clean from any potential typing funk

 
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darksoul78644

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I use a ShaggyMax microfiber cloth between the iPad display and MK when closed. Keeps the display clean from any potential typing funk

Good idea. I have many microfiber cloths
 
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I always use a film screen protector on my iPads. The keyboard absolutely could scratch the screen, especially if there is any debris or dust on the keys.
 
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c14nhl

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I’ve had the AFK on my 2018 11” since launch. Never has the keyboard caused any scratches.

I have noticed something with the MK on my new 2020 12.9” though. It leaves 2 horizontal lines across the screen when left shut overnight. At to the top and bottom of where the screen would touch the keyboard when closed.

This doesn’t bother me and I’m not afraid of scratching because of it.
 
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mikezmac

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The keyboard itself is not hard enough to scratch the screen.

If you get debris or grit on the keyboard then you should clean it because that may be able to scratch.

I have had the keyboard folio on my older ipad for 2 years without a screen protector and it is still in mint condition.

Personally I do not use one. My ipad is at home or at work and the transport to work has a dedicated laptop pouch. The only covering that I have is a dbrand skin on the back As I use the ipad in hand help mode a lot.

So if the ipad will be at home mostly, no you probably wont need one, if it is going to travels in a bag/backback a lot a screen protector could be helpful. If you think it would give you peace of mind after investing in the ipad then get one just for peace of mind.
 
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macdogpro

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Hey guys, I’m new here.
Sorry to bump up an old thread.

Does anyone here use a glass screen protector (around 0.3mm thick) on their iPad Pros with the Magic Keyboard?

I’m going to install one, but worry the thickness might cause problem when closing the ipad against the keyboard.

On the side note, I also use a SwitchEasy Coverbuddy with the above combo. It’s been working perfectly without an issue when closing the lid. But someone on the product review section mentioned her same combo wouldn’t close properly due to the added thickness. So I’m guessing it’s not the cover that causing this, but a thick screen protector glass she might installed (?)

Thanks everyone :)
 
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henrymyf

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Hey guys, I’m new here.
Sorry to bump up an old thread.

Does anyone here use a glass screen protector (around 0.3mm thick) on their iPad Pros with the Magic Keyboard?

I’m going to install one, but worry the thickness might cause problem when closing the ipad against the keyboard.

On the side note, I also use a SwitchEasy Coverbuddy with the above combo. It’s been working perfectly without an issue when closing the lid. But someone on the product review section mentioned her same combo wouldn’t close properly due to the added thickness. So I’m guessing it’s not the cover that causing this, but a thick screen protector glass she might installed (?)

Thanks everyone :)
As far as I know, there have been two editions about the SwitchEasy Coverbuddy, and the one that is compatible with both Magic Keyboard and Smart Folio is a little thicker than the other one that is only compatible with MK. I'm guessing the reviewer was using the thicker edition.
 
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thadoggfather

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cant remember if its been discussed recently or not but no scratches using this thing in transport mode with no screen protector right?

haven't attempted it yet but have the magic keyboard and 11"
 
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papbot

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cant remember if its been discussed recently or not but no scratches using this thing in transport mode with no screen protector right?

haven't attempted it yet but have the magic keyboard and 11"
Since the 11 inch model wasn’t changed in any way, no .5mm extra thickness, no issues for either 2020 or 2021 MKB. The keys are recessed into the bottom portion of the keyboard, they never contact the screen. Only the new 12.9 iPP has the thicker build and closes a tiny bit snugger with a 2020 MKB, but still, other than one poster on these forums, no reported issues, and I’ve had none with my 2020 MKB. The 2021 MKB has a bit more clearance for the 12.9 so there is a bit more of a gap when the case is closed.
 
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thadoggfather

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Since the 11 inch model wasn’t changed in any way, no .5mm extra thickness, no issues for either 2020 or 2021 MKB. The keys are recessed into the bottom portion of the keyboard, they never contact the screen. Only the new 12.9 iPP has the thicker build and closes a tiny bit snugger with a 2020 MKB, but still, other than one poster on these forums, no reported issues, and I’ve had none with my 2020 MKB. The 2021 MKB has a bit more clearance for the 12.9 so there is a bit more of a gap when the case is closed.

oh I didnt even mean 2020 or 2021 magic keyboard just generally speaking if it was a concern

the paired MKB with the iPad in closed mode, so close to the keys
 
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