Keyboards for iPad Pro 9.7

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  1. APPLfanCA macrumors regular

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    Are there any other keyboards for the iPad Pro 9.7 other than the smart keyboard? I am wondering if something like the Logitech create will come out for the smaller pro... Anyone know of any other options?
     
  2. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    You should be able to use anything that's available for the Air 2.

    I continue to use the Apple bluetooth keyboard and just carry it separately. I like having a full sized keyboard.
     
  3. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

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    I assume the belkin qode pro for the air 2 is still compatible although it will cover half of your speakers. Still the best IMO
     
  4. heyyitssusan macrumors 65816

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    I'm using the Zagg folio right now for my Air and I love it.. I need for them to come out with one compatible with the 9.7 soon. Haha
     
  5. WickedPorter macrumors regular

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    I'm using this one from Amazon... http://www.amazon.com/Arteck-Ultra-...&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

    For only $23, this is a surprisingly well built keyboard that works very well. I'm using it until my ASK arrives (who knows when that will be, mid-April I'm guessing).

    It was originally designed for the Air 2, but fits the 9.7" Pro just fine.

    Only downside I've found so far: The left hinge blocks one of the two ambient light sensors, so it may hinder True Tone functionality.
     
  6. BravoTangoPapa macrumors member

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    I have a Logitech Type + for my iPad Air 2, I can confirm that this DOES NOT work with the iPad Pro 9.7. The new arrangement of the magnets prevents the keyboard from powering on (this is triggered by the magnetic connection of the iPad to the keyboard). I purchased the Logitech Keys To Go keyboard for my 9.7 Pro, and it works great! And, only $40 instead of $150.
     
  7. Ben foong macrumors newbie

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    My 9.7 keyboard often seem to not respond when you press the spacebar and i had to pull it off and reattach it to reset it . Would this be a smart connector problem or keyboard problem?
     
  8. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    I agree that's a great keyboard. It's a shame some of their designs fracked and such which caused them to get s bad rap I'm using the other older one, forgotten the name, the iPad just slides into a hinge. I have one of the folio, unfortunately the air 2 nor pro fit it as you said. The other one works ok, it's an air keyboard, but there's a little wobble die to the decreased thickness.

    This is happening to me on occasion too. So I'm guessing software bug.
     
  9. Ben foong macrumors newbie

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    So im guessing taking it to genius bar won't help?
     
  10. Cyroceon, Apr 7, 2016
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    I just picked up the Logitech Keys to Go and can definitely attest to it working wonderfully. The keys have a good throw, but are definitely "flatter" on the surface than the keys are on Apple's Smart Keyboard. That being said, having the keyboard be something I can choose to leave behind or take with, provides me tremendous benefit in the thinner, lighter iPad Pro with the Smart Cover, rather than the bulk, albeit minimal, of Apple's Smart Keyboard. Moreover, the fact that it doesn't drain my iPad battery is a draw as well, and given its 3 month battery life, I am not concerned with running out of battery on the keyboard ever. So far, I recommend the Logitech Keys to Go and Smart Cover combo.
     
  11. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

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    Can confirm that the iPad Pro does not work with the belkin qode pro for the air 2 which sucks because 1. It's an expensive keyboard and 2. Nothing in the market seems to provide the same feature set and user experience the qode pro provides.
     
  12. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    It may but I can't right now, I'm not capable of sitting or standing for that long at present. :shrug:

    Also it seems to be a bit moody if it's connected and flipped around, like half the time it still thinks I'm typing then the other half it triggers the shirt keyboard as expected.
     
  13. Cyroceon macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, I've went on and on almost about the Logitech Keys to Go option with an Apple Smart Cover, just for the sake of detachment capability and shortcut keys. However, and after careful thought, I must say, I've now returned those two and replaced them with the Apple Smart Keyboard. While this is what I originally had, I certainly believe that the fact that most shortcuts can be accessed via other efficient means, e.g., volume buttons on iPad instead of on keyboard; CMD+H for Home, rather than a button; switching apps by swiping up on screen with four fingers, etc...

    My point is, I believe that the tactile feel of a keyboard is the absolute most important aspect of a keyboard, bar none. In my estimation and experience, the Apple Smart Keyboard provides a world's difference in key response and throw than the Logitech Keys to Go, with the flat keys it uses. Hope this has been useful for anyone on the fence.
     
  14. Kermit262 macrumors member

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    Happening to me too. Even during the demonstration I was giving to a friend about how great the Smart Keyboard was. Doh!
     
  15. ianfann macrumors 6502

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    I think the best keyboard for the iPad Pro 9.7 is Apple's very own Smart Keyboard. I have been using it for 3 weeks now and I have gotten used to it. Tactile feedback from the keys are good and comfortably soft. Initially I wasn't very happy with it because the keyboard is of a netbook size and adjusting to this size gave me a lot of problems. But now that I have accustomed to it, it's very nice to type with and I can now finally touch type on it at blazing fast speeds. The fabric material of the keyboard gives me a very warm touch as I type, very comfortable to rest my fingers on as compared to the other keyboards which have plastic keys which is cool to the touch.

    It's the only keyboard that does not need to run on battery and thus no need for charging and no need to turn on/off and it's the only one that connects to the smart connector of the iPad Pro. This feature is really a winner IMHO. I have previously used Bluetooth keyboards with my iPad Air 2 and it was always a hassle to on/off the keyboard before and after I use the keyboard. Battery runs out halfway thru typing and had to switch to on-screen keyboard. Overall, I hated using Bluetooth keyboards but didn't have any other alterternatives so Apple's Smart Keyboard is a godsend to me.

    It's attached to the iPad Pro all the time. I really like this feature because it is always there when I need it, if I don't need it I just fold it over and it's out of sight. Also, it is very slim so the bulk of the keyboard is not very noticeable to me.

    This ONLY complain I have about this keyboard and I really do mean ONLY complain is the missing sleeve to house my Apple Pencil. I wished there was a place for me to slot my pencil somewhere on the keyboard cover so that it is always there when I need it. I believe that the iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard and Pencil inseparable and they need to be attached to each other one way or another.

    This is just my personal opinion about this keyboard and I am sure some of you guys will disagree with me, that is fine as to each it's own. For those who is on the fence on which keyboard to get, I hope you read my post with an open mind and good luck in deciding the best keyboard for your new iPad Pro.
     
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  17. tom504 macrumors regular

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    Just picked up the Pro 9.7 smart keyboard and it's fantastic. I don't need a back cover on my Ipad, never have, and the cover/keyboard is light! I don't see how there is a better keyboard with cover unless someone takes this design and improves it.
     
  18. Cyroceon macrumors 6502a

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    I concur wholeheartedly. Like I said before, the "killer app" with the Apple Smart Keybaord is, without a doubt, the tactile feel of the keys. I don't think that the lack of Apple Pencil slot is a deficiency, as I wouldn't want it, but I would say that maybe the shortcut keys that a Logitech keyboard would have, would probably be the biggest missing feature.
     
  19. MacBlackBook22 macrumors 6502

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    I am using the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard (Bluetooth) for my new iPad Pro 9.7 and a second one that I carry in my bag with my iPad Mini 4. It's great that this keyboard can control 2 different products. I have it paired to my iPad and iPhone so that it's easy to switch between either of them for typing. I thought that the fact that the keyboard is split in the middle in order to fold up would be a problem but I actually like that my hands are not squished together like with the Smart Keyboard. Never thought I would be using a Microsoft product but hey it works great and as I read a lot of ebooks on the iPad's I love that the arrow keys turn the pages.
     
  20. rhythmac macrumors 6502

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  21. ianfann macrumors 6502

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    Does the shortcut keys work with the iPad Pro?
     
  22. davincidee macrumors newbie

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    I wonder if you are able to use the ipad pro 12's smart keyboard with the 9.7 one?
     
  23. Cyroceon macrumors 6502a

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    I have heard that you can, but cannot be sure.
     
  24. sixxmum macrumors 6502a

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    I think I'm going to get this for now since there is no news on a Logitech Create for the smaller Pro
     
  25. MacBlackBook22 macrumors 6502

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    Yes the short cut keys combo's work with the iPad Pro
     

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