Apple’s new iPad Pro keyboard magnetically attaches and includes two angles

Apple is improving its existing iPad Pro keyboard today with an
update for the latest model. The new Smart Keyboard Folio
magnetically attaches to the new iPad Pro and protects the
front and the back. It also now includes two angles instead of
the single one on the existing keyboard.

It appears that the keyboard will be a lot easier to slide into
place. The original
Smart Keyboard debuted three years ago
with a design that
acted like a cover and folded out into a keyboard. Apple used a
Smart Connector on the iPad Pro previously to connect this
keyboard, but the new magnets feature should make this easier
to use. Apple is increasing the price of this keyboard to
$179.99 for the 11-inch model and $199.99 for the 12.9-inch
version.


Second angle for the new Smart
Keyboard Folio

“No other device can adapt to your needs the way iPad can,”
says Jon Ternus, VP of hardware engineering at Apple. That’s a
bold claim that largely ignores Microsoft’s range of Surface
tablets that have offered a combination of stylus, touch, and
keyboard / mouse input for years. We’ll need to test this
particular keyboard to see if it’s as good as Microsoft’s
Surface Type Cover.

Still, it’s clear Apple is getting closer to a more workable
keyboard for its iPad. Much like Surface, the original iPad Pro
keyboard shipped with a single angle which was awkward to use.
This new second generation keyboard follows the path of the
Surface Pro 2 which added two angles, so hopefully Apple’s
future third-generation will include multiple angles just like
the Surface Pro 3.

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