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marine0816

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will I need to have a secondary case with the magic keyboard? I’m assuming I would have to remove iPad from magic keyboard when I’m laying in bed on my back watching movies. It seems like the iPad will be naked at some points when not needing the keyboard. Do you think a slim shell case will work with the magnets on the magic keyboard?
 

gsal

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I very much doubt that would work. If you want this case you’ve got to be ok with carrying your iPad naked when you want to use it in tablet mode.

This is something I am struggling with. I don’t know if I’ll be ok with that.

I’m thinking that the SKF is the better solution for me. It seems to be a lot more mobile friendly - slimmer and able to fold keyboard back.
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Just to add, I probably wouldn’t mind if I had the 12.9” iPad Pro, as I’d be using that mainly in laptop mode.

I went for the 11” as it is more suited in tablet mode.
 

marine0816

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Wow. I’m hoping the magnets will work through a clear shell case... I’m too clumsy to have a naked iPad that cost $1500
 

sparksd

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will I need to have a secondary case with the magic keyboard? I’m assuming I would have to remove iPad from magic keyboard when I’m laying in bed on my back watching movies. It seems like the iPad will be naked at some points when not needing the keyboard. Do you think a slim shell case will work with the magnets on the magic keyboard?

I use the Logitech Slim Folio Pro keyboard case with my 12.9 Pro and when I want a lighter setup I just pop the iPad out of the case and put it in an inexpensive magnetic folio case - it's quick and easy, do it all the time. It would be even easier and quicker with the Magic Keyboard case.
 

tbayrgs

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I use the Logitech Slim Folio Pro keyboard case with my 12.9 Pro and when I want a lighter setup I just pop the iPad out of the case and put it in an inexpensive magnetic folio case - it's quick and easy, do it all the time. It would be even easier and quicker with the Magic Keyboard case.

I’ll second the suggestion for the secondary smart folio style case. I bought one from Amazon similar to this (my version is no longer for sale) and it looks and feels nearly identical to the $99 version Apple sells. If I take my 12.9 3rd gen out of the Smart Keyboard Folio or Brydge (both soon to be replaced with the new Magic Keyboard next week ?), I just pop it into the smart folio which is comparatively quite light.

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jmgregory1

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You’re not going to be able to put the iPad Pro in a case, then put the cased iPad Pro into a Magic Keyboard case. Don’t even think that has a slim chance of working, because it won’t. The magnets might be strong enough to hold onto the iPad, but the smart connector pins have such a tiny amount of movement, any case added to the iPad will degrade the connection and cause issues with both the keyboard and charging ability of the USB-C port.

As someone else said, you can add a skin to the iPad, for some scratch protection. I’ve done that with my 2018 12.9” and it works perfectly with my current Keyboard Folio, assuming it will also work with the new Magic Keyboard case.

To a point, you do have to recognize that the iPad Pro is an expensive device that is going to be susceptible to damage if you drop it, even if it is in a case. If you’re using it in tablet form while watching videos in bed, you should be ok, as long as you don’t let it slip off the bed onto the hard floor. I use it this way and simply set it on a shelf of my nightstand when I’m done using it.
 

tbayrgs

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Hopefully it works out


I personally don't understand why this is such an issue. If you want to use the pencil while it's flat on the table, either take it out and place it directly on the table or remove the iPP, close the Magic Keyboard so it's flat on the table and place the iPP on top of it (if you're worried about having it naked on a hard surface. The last thing I want to do is place my keyboard face down, unprotected on a hard surface while putting extra pressure on top of it.
 

metalsiren

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I think we all need to see the reviews of it so we can see it being used. hopefully soon we can see the big reviewers have up the videos about it.
 
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jerryk

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will I need to have a secondary case with the magic keyboard? I’m assuming I would have to remove iPad from magic keyboard when I’m laying in bed on my back watching movies. It seems like the iPad will be naked at some points when not needing the keyboard. Do you think a slim shell case will work with the magnets on the magic keyboard?

Not sure why you expect to have to remove it from the case. On the current keyboard you do not need to that. And this case looks like the old one with a better keyboard with trackpad, battery, and stronger hinge. Still should be able of flipping the keyboard over to be against the back and have a front usable for touch or pencil operation like the current Smart Folio keyboard. Just going to have the dorky battery hanging down.
 

KittyKatta

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Still should be able of flipping the keyboard over to be against the back and have a front usable for touch or pencil operation like the current Smart Folio keyboard.
Apparently it doesnt flip back. So if you want to use portrait mode or use it in hand then you have to unmount it from the case and carry the iPad naked.

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blaugrana69

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Curious re lack of reviews. Today, Perhaps ? Given Consumers are going to have them shortly.
 

The Game 161

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I don’t see the issue when taking it off the magic keyboard personally. Just hold it on your lap or something when you want to use it without the keyboard.
 

spiderman0616

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I ordered one for my 2018 11" Pro, and I'm going to just put a Slickwraps on the iPad so I can remove it for drawing/writing when needed. I have no intention of placing it down somewhere and risking it getting covered in food crumbs or being scratched by an abrasive surface.

For what it's worth though, I've been carrying this thing around in a Smart Keyboard Folio since launch. I've never dropped it, but as far as wear and tear on the uncovered sides, there is none. When I take it somewhere with me out of the house, I put it in a soft sleeve to keep anything from knocking into it.
 

Dave245

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It’s going to be interesting to see the reviews of the Magic Keyboard, the price is hard to swallow. If it’s well made, sturdy, has good backlight keys and has decent travel as well as Apple’s best in the industry trackpad, it may very well be worth it.

At the moment I’m waiting back to see reviews before deciding if I should upgrade my iPad Pro from the 2017 version and pick up the Magic Keyboard at the same time, as well as the 2nd gen Apple Pencil (love the first gen version which I use to draw and take notes daily).
 

Petrophas

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Only feasible option right now is to apply a DBrand skin to avoid the minor scratches and scruffs.

Perhaps someone will kickstarter a bumper that covers the sides of the device (it would have to be ultra thin on the side that is facing the hinge). If this Magic Keyboard takes off in sales, I could really see it happening down the road.
 
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spiderman0616

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Only feasible option right now is to apply a DBrand skin to avoid the minor scratches and scruffs.

Perhaps someone will kickstarter a bumper that covers the sides of the device (it would have to be ultra thin on the side that is facing the hinge). If this Magic Keyboard takes off in sales, I could really see it happening down the road.

What you're describing is something I've been wishing for since the current design released in 2018. Just a slim bumper kind of like what they did with the iPhone 4 that could wrap around the sides. I'm absolutely shocked that nobody has come up with one yet.
 

marine0816

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so it is a compatible with cases.. I’m so happy, this is now a must buy.. My only fear was it being naked in tablet mode.. I don’t have to worry about that anymore..







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