iPad Pro What would you want in the next version of the Smart Keyboard?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Mathias Denichi, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. Mathias Denichi macrumors 6502

    Mathias Denichi

    Jun 21, 2013
    The Smart Keyboard is nice, but could use some major improvements. Here is what I would like:

    • Thinner profile when closed, not a big fan of the keyboard lump on one side.
    • More angles for the iPad when typing.
    • Better magnetic sticking when in tablet mode, similar to the Smart Cover snapping to the back.
    • Better shortcut keys, Logitech has done these as well as an esc key.
    • More colors. The gray has been pretty boring.
    What would you like in the next iteration, and do you see it coming for the next iPad Pro 2?
  2. rwp macrumors member

    Oct 13, 2015
    LA, CA, US
    Additional row of function keys
  3. Devyn89 macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2012
    • Row of function keys (brightness, home, volume - similar to what they have on mac keyboards)
    • Backlighting
    • New Colours
    • Cheaper price (not holding my breath on this one but it is what I would like to see)
  4. sracer macrumors 603


    Apr 9, 2010
    Land of Bongos and Beatniks
    All reasonable requests. But I think it will be physically difficult if not impossible to do those things. The iPad Pro itself doesn't have an integrated kickstand so that keyboard cover has to provide that capability which severely limits what can be done. But if it is possible, those would be great modifications.

    I'd like to see an additional smart connector on the iPad Pro to support orienting the iPad in portrait mode.

    Re: magnets in tablet mode, I usually detach the keyboard cover, flip it over and reattach it so that the microfiber side is facing the back of the iPad and the cover is facing outward.
  5. rowspaxe macrumors 68000


    Jan 29, 2010
    Smart cover fabric souffle is a testament to how great the surface kickstand approach is. The smart cover is passable at 9.7" but is awful at 12.9".
  6. Mathias Denichi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mathias Denichi

    Jun 21, 2013
    It would require either a kick stand in the iPad, which won't happen, or a kickstand in a case covering the back. Apple could have the Smart Keyboard and back cover with adjustable kick stand all together, to which would actually lower the thickness profile rather than have a bump.

    The only way this is happening, is if they make the Smart Keyboard just a touch screen keyboard. Then it would use the two finger selector shortcut, not a cursor.
  7. sracer macrumors 603


    Apr 9, 2010
    Land of Bongos and Beatniks
    Sounds like you are advocating for an ultra-slim version of Logitech's Logi Blok case+keyboard. That's what I'd prefer.
  8. Mathias Denichi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mathias Denichi

    Jun 21, 2013
    Essentially, it a bit more Apple looking, instead of the old Lenovo Idea Pad look.
  9. gobikerider macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    If they could give us backlighting and a extra position id be happy
  10. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2009
    New Jersey
    I want hard keys like the keyboard for the Microsoft Surface. I went through 2 ASKs in less than 6 months, both times the lettering on some of the keys began to wear off. Other than that, I think a row of function keys would be nice.
  11. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the sliver scream
  12. sdz macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2014
    Backlightning and a tiny bit lighter.
  13. jamesrick80 macrumors 68020


    Sep 12, 2014
    No matter what anyone states .....trackpad is necessary.........
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    I replaced my large ipad pro with the samsung chromebook plus simply because i can do more, enjoy android apps, and have full trackpad support with a full os in a nice compact design.
  14. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    Bring back the Keyboard dock? It was really nice typing papers out on my 3 with the entire page fullscreen on a portrait-size screen.
  15. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    Why? Because he is gay? Please get real
  16. Mathias Denichi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mathias Denichi

    Jun 21, 2013
    Richard Simons is gay? The grocery store magazine told me he was dead.
  17. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2014
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA
    An :apple: Pencil holder and backlighting. That's why I bought the Logitech one.
  18. masotime, Apr 20, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2017

    masotime macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2012
    San Jose, CA
    No trackpad.

    If I wanted a trackpad I would use a 12" MacBook.
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    I think backlighting and an ESC key are things I would like in the keyboard. The backlighting should not come at the cost of reduced battery life however. Additional angles would also be nice, but not at the cost of compactness and weight.

    Frankly the Smart keyboard is pretty excellent as it is. The very fact that it has no trackpad syncs very well with the touch-based nature of iOS. The reduced distance to the screen means that the "gorilla arm" effect becomes much less of an issue. However, the key spacing reduction compared to a full-sized keyboard means that backlighting would help a lot in the dark, since it's hard to figure out (as a touch-typist) where exactly the keys are without an initial reference point.

    However, I would not object to mouse or external trackpad support. Key word is external, the smart keyboard should not get any wider (face to screen) than it already is.
  19. Brammy macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2008
    the keys to not wear off. my A key is down to the fabric.
  20. Wackery macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2015
    a better design so that when the keyboard is deployed, the fabric side isnt on the bttom collecting all the dirt below it
  21. clubtech macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2009
    This. I have done exactly the same.

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