Keyboard Folio Removability

Cricketman

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Hi all,

I am considering buying a new iPad Pro later down the line. On my current 9.7 1st gen pro, one of the things I love most about the keyboard is the ease of removing and attatching the keyboard. It allows me to instantly go from using it in landscape mode on the desk with the keyboard to rocking it in portrait without the keyboard, which i think is a better orientation to read textbooks and PDFs. It also makes it considerably lighter to use as a tablet without it attached

To current owners, is the ease of removing/attatching the keyboard as easy as it was on the 9.7/10.5 smart keyboard? Or is it clunkier?
 

BaddAdvice

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A little clunkier, to be honest. With the new keyboard folio, you have to remove the whole thing from the back. The magnets hold pretty tightly, so you have to work a little to remove it. It’s not hard, by any means, but a little slower than just pulling off the ASK in previous models. At least that’s been my experience.
 

c14nhl

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It isn’t as easy as whipping off the ASK front cover. But I’m used to it now.

I actually prefer it. Always had a back case on my 9.7” Pro. The folio means when I take it off, I get the naked iPad experience, which feels great.
 
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zhenya

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I think it is very slightly more difficult but not even remotely enough to worry about. The new folio is designed to release from the bottom 1/3 in landscape mode, so if you know that it’s very east to remove. If anything it might go back on easier than the old model which I always found more difficult to center the magnets than I would have expected.

The main things are that the new design is WAY easier to handle getting into typing mode. No more origami folding. And it feels way sleeker without the creases and differing thicknesses on the front. Overall thickness of the new model plus iPad is nearly identical to the thickness of the old model plus iPad in the double-fold area of the old keyboard.
 
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haruhiko

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The new iPad Pro is lighter than the previous one but when you add the ASK Folio to it, it is a little bit heavier than the old one.

To OP: the new ASK Folio is quite a bit harder to remove than the previous one, and the magnets holding the base of the iPad Pro is actually much stronger than the ones at the back.
 

PanAm-L1011

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It is SUPER easy to remove the keyboard folio. I like it MUCH better than the previous keyboard folio for the iPad Pros because it is much more streamlined, classier looking, and as easy to remove to go naked. No complaints from me. Huge improvement over the previous versions IMO.
 
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DoubleFlyaway

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It’s super easy, and I also don’t get the complaints about weight. I have the 11, so is it tremendously heavier on the 12.9? Holding one in each hand, my 11 inch keyboard folio feels lighter than my older 12.9 ASK.
[doublepost=1543349054][/doublepost]My thing is I think the keyboard folio actually comes off a little too easily! It comes off when I don’t mean it to, or I accidentally open the back side instead of the front side.
 
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appleofmyibook

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Hi all,

I am considering buying a new iPad Pro later down the line. On my current 9.7 1st gen pro, one of the things I love most about the keyboard is the ease of removing and attatching the keyboard. It allows me to instantly go from using it in landscape mode on the desk with the keyboard to rocking it in portrait without the keyboard, which i think is a better orientation to read textbooks and PDFs. It also makes it considerably lighter to use as a tablet without it attached

To current owners, is the ease of removing/attatching the keyboard as easy as it was on the 9.7/10.5 smart keyboard? Or is it clunkier?
It takes a bit of getting used to, but it’s fine. It feels so much more secure than the other case.
 
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muzzy996

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It’s super easy, and I also don’t get the complaints about weight. I have the 11, so is it tremendously heavier on the 12.9? Holding one in each hand, my 11 inch keyboard folio feels lighter than my older 12.9 ASK.
The 11-inch keyboard folio is definitely lighter than the previous gen 12.9 ASK but not by much. 297 grams vs 340 grams. That's about 15%.

On the other hand the 12.9-inch keyboard folio is 407 grams or about 20% heavier than the previous 12.9 inch ASK. Apple made up for it by cutting thickness of the new IPP 12.9 by a millimeter resulting in an overall weight gain of only a couple of percent over the previous gen 12.9 if both sport their respective keyboard covers.
 

LibbyLA

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Hi all,

I am considering buying a new iPad Pro later down the line. On my current 9.7 1st gen pro, one of the things I love most about the keyboard is the ease of removing and attatching the keyboard. It allows me to instantly go from using it in landscape mode on the desk with the keyboard to rocking it in portrait without the keyboard, which i think is a better orientation to read textbooks and PDFs. It also makes it considerably lighter to use as a tablet without it attached

To current owners, is the ease of removing/attatching the keyboard as easy as it was on the 9.7/10.5 smart keyboard? Or is it clunkier?
It is not hard to get off. In fact, sometimes, it comes off too easily. If you separate at the upper left corner (where the camera is), it comes off really easily.

The different way of folding/unfolding takes some relearning, but I don’t think that one way is easier than the other, they’re just different. The new keyboard folio is a lot more solid when used in your lap because there aren’t any joints, just a solid keyboard base.
 

Lobwedgephil

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It is not hard to take off, but it is not as easy as it was for the previous model. It is much easier putting back on then the previous model though.
 

AutomaticApple

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Hi all,

I am considering buying a new iPad Pro later down the line. On my current 9.7 1st gen pro, one of the things I love most about the keyboard is the ease of removing and attatching the keyboard. It allows me to instantly go from using it in landscape mode on the desk with the keyboard to rocking it in portrait without the keyboard, which i think is a better orientation to read textbooks and PDFs. It also makes it considerably lighter to use as a tablet without it attached

To current owners, is the ease of removing/attatching the keyboard as easy as it was on the 9.7/10.5 smart keyboard? Or is it clunkier?
It can be a bit more hard to use, but you can get used to it pretty quick.
 

zea

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It feels way sturdier now, but took me a few days to get used to it. Definitely think of the bottom as what is separating, as mentioned earlier. I love switching out the keyboard folio to the normal folio in seconds though for when I don’t need the keyboard attached, and the back is protected with both cases.