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

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  1. denichidesigns macrumors regular

    denichidesigns

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    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

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    Additional row of function keys
    Backlighting
     
  3. Devyn89 macrumors regular

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    • 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 601

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    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

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    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. denichidesigns thread starter macrumors regular

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    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 601

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    Sounds like you are advocating for an ultra-slim version of Logitech's Logi Blok case+keyboard. That's what I'd prefer.
     
  8. denichidesigns thread starter macrumors regular

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    Essentially, it a bit more Apple looking, instead of the old Lenovo Idea Pad look.
     
  9. gobikerider macrumors 6502a

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    If they could give us backlighting and a extra position id be happy
     
  10. Eric5273 macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
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  12. sdz macrumors regular

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    Backlightning and a tiny bit lighter.
     
  13. jamesrick80 macrumors 65816

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    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

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    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

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    Why? Because he is gay? Please get real
     
  16. denichidesigns thread starter macrumors regular

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

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    An :apple: Pencil holder and backlighting. That's why I bought the Logitech one.
     
  18. masotime, Apr 20, 2017 at 8:54 AM
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    masotime macrumors 68000

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    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 6502a

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    the keys to not wear off. my A key is down to the fabric.
     
  20. Wackery macrumors 6502

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    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

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    This. I have done exactly the same.
     

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