1. ZOFOURTWENTY's Avatar
    Did anyone get the keyboard case from Apple? What are your thoughts?

    Does it offer protection on the back of the iPad?
    Do the keys light up?
    In a closed position how much does it add to thickness of iPad?

    My patience is running thin on Logitech getting their ish together and releasing one soon so I’ve been thinking about just pulling the trigger on the Apple keyboard
    11-08-2018 03:48 PM
  2. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    The keys don’t light up and the rest I can answer in a few days when my keyboard arrives. My rep was slow on the order so I didn’t have it on launch day.
    11-08-2018 04:03 PM
  3. ZOFOURTWENTY's Avatar
    The keys don’t light up and the rest I can answer in a few days when my keyboard arrives. My rep was slow on the order so I didn’t have it on launch day.
    Keys don’t light up smh they alone might be a deal breaker for me. Bush league Apple, bush league
    11-08-2018 04:04 PM
  4. Craig's Avatar
    No generation of the Apple keyboard cases for the iPad was / are backlit. I have the Logitech Slim / Combo on my iPad Pro 10.5 and I really like it. But since it's not out, I got the Apple Keyboard / Folio. It's OK, but as others have said, it does not stay attached very well, and the keyboard itself is meh! A lot of meh for $200.
    11-08-2018 09:59 PM
  5. ZOFOURTWENTY's Avatar
    No generation of the Apple keyboard cases for the iPad was / are backlit. I have the Logitech Slim / Combo on my iPad Pro 10.5 and I really like it. But since it's not out, I got the Apple Keyboard / Folio. It's OK, but as others have said, it does not stay attached very well, and the keyboard itself is meh! A lot of meh for $200.
    Thanks for the heads up. I also have the Logitech keyboard for 1G 12.9”. Your review seals the deal for me. Guess I’ll keep waiting for Logitech to make this happen.
    TechnologyTwitt likes this.
    11-09-2018 04:51 AM
  6. spizike23's Avatar
    A back lit keyboard would make no sense let alone be impossible with the smart connector. With the screen brightness moderately up it can be seen easily, let alone i might say this keyboard is almost as good as the magic keyboard on my iMac. The click of the keys is satisfying, not to the extent of the magic keyboard but it doesn’t feel cheap or plasticky like most iPad keyboard cases.
    11-10-2018 11:36 AM
  7. ZOFOURTWENTY's Avatar
    A back lit keyboard would make no sense let alone be impossible with the smart connector. With the screen brightness moderately up it can be seen easily, let alone i might say this keyboard is almost as good as the magic keyboard on my iMac. The click of the keys is satisfying, not to the extent of the magic keyboard but it doesn’t feel cheap or plasticky like most iPad keyboard cases.
    My 1G iPad Pro 12.9” has a Logitech Keyboard Case connects via the smart connector and has a backlit keyboard so it is possible, just an FYI. And as far the screen providing enough light for the keyboard, I prefer a backlit keyboard since I’m used to it and on a plan when it’s dark and I have my screen brightness on low so as to not disturb a sleeping neighbor that backlit keyboard comes through in the clutch
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    11-10-2018 11:52 AM
  8. TechnologyTwitt's Avatar
    Your neighbor?? Is it a lighthouse or a backlit keyboard?

    .....I prefer a backlit keyboard since I’m used to it and on a plan when it’s dark and I have my screen brightness on low so as to not disturb a sleeping neighbor that backlit keyboard comes through in the clutch
    11-10-2018 01:06 PM
  9. Craig's Avatar
    A back lit keyboard would make no sense let alone be impossible with the smart connector. With the screen brightness moderately up it can be seen easily, let alone i might say this keyboard is almost as good as the magic keyboard on my iMac. The click of the keys is satisfying, not to the extent of the magic keyboard but it doesn’t feel cheap or plasticky like most iPad keyboard cases.

    Impossible? Been using the Logitech Slim Combo case with a backlit keyboard for my iPad Pro 10.5 and not only is it possible, it's great.
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    11-10-2018 01:55 PM
  10. Raptor007's Avatar
    I got the Smart Keyboard folio and while I don't mind that its thinner, I do prefer to have the sides covered (minor gripe) but my real issue is in how you have to hold it with the keyboard folded backwards, it is awkward to hold. You can only hold it on the left backside so you don't press on the keys. Annoying but I can deal with it.
    12-01-2018 10:31 AM
  11. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    I think it is less awkward to hold than the original Folio Keyboard case. I am liking the this version of the case.
    12-03-2018 03:58 PM
  12. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    I got the Smart Keyboard folio and while I don't mind that its thinner, I do prefer to have the sides covered (minor gripe) but my real issue is in how you have to hold it with the keyboard folded backwards, it is awkward to hold. You can only hold it on the left backside so you don't press on the keys. Annoying but I can deal with it.
    I don’t have the Smart Keyboard folio, just the smart folio. You could buy the smart folio case for $100 more and use that when your not using the keyboard.

    Just an idea.
    12-03-2018 08:59 PM
  13. djg21's Avatar
    I’m returning the one I just bought. I like to keep my iPad in a case, and just bought a nice Pad & Quill leather case. With the new keyboard folio covering the entire back of the keyboard, the case won’t work. With any other protective case, the iPad likewise would have to be removed to affix the keyboard. That’s a non-starter for me. I’ll find a cheap BT keyboard to keep in my bag that will work with my case.
    12-11-2018 07:06 PM
  14. ZOFOURTWENTY's Avatar
    Best Buy just informed me that I have $65 in reward certificates that are about to expire in January. I figured for $135 the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio was worth it but it’s sold out at Best Buy smh
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    12-17-2018 09:25 AM
  15. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    The Apple Smart Keyboard is $199. Unless your talking about a different one.

    Oh! Now I understand. $135 cash plus the $65 in Best Buy rewards. I’d go for it.
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    12-17-2018 11:44 AM
  16. Idelgado782's Avatar
    Best Buy just informed me that I have $65 in reward certificates that are about to expire in January. I figured for $135 the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio was worth it but it’s sold out at Best Buy smh
    They don’t even have it to order? How about you buy something worth 65 now and keep an eye on it till it gets back in stock. Best Buy has extended returns now for the holiday till the 31st of Jan I believe. That way you don’t lose your rewards.
    12-17-2018 04:38 PM
  17. ZOFOURTWENTY's Avatar
    They don’t even have it to order? How about you buy something worth 65 now and keep an eye on it till it gets back in stock. Best Buy has extended returns now for the holiday till the 31st of Jan I believe. That way you don’t lose your rewards.
    Yeah I’m going to wait till the day before it expires and buy something as a placeholder. Really hope it comes back in stock
    Idelgado782 likes this.
    12-19-2018 08:05 AM
  18. ZOFOURTWENTY's Avatar
    So after several weeks of the the Apple Keyboard Case being out of stock it’s back in stock today and I caved and bought it. There are several keyboard cases available on Amazon but none of them connect via the smart connector and I prefer not charging the keyboard to having backlit keys so I went with the Apple Smart Keyboard. Doesn’t look like Logitech will be releasing a Create case and that Brydge Keyboard Case connects via BT which means you’ll have to charge it separately. Oh well. Can’t have your cake and eat it too I guess
    12-28-2018 10:28 AM
  19. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    So after several weeks of the the Apple Keyboard Case being out of stock it’s back in stock today and I caved and bought it. There are several keyboard cases available on Amazon but none of them connect via the smart connector and I prefer not charging the keyboard to having backlit keys so I went with the Apple Smart Keyboard. Doesn’t look like Logitech will be releasing a Create case and that Brydge Keyboard Case connects via BT which means you’ll have to charge it separately. Oh well. Can’t have your cake and eat it too I guess
    Bridge keyboard should be out in spring. Don’t know about backlit keys or separate charging. I don’t remember reading that in the article.

    Whoever told you you can’t have your cake and eat it too probably lied. 🤪
    12-30-2018 07:02 PM
  20. ZOFOURTWENTY's Avatar
    I received my Apple Keyboard Case yesterday (2 days earlier than anticipated) and after a day of using it I have to say that I’m impressed with how strong the magnets hold the case on and in the keyboard mode. It’s starting to grow on me. I’m still afraid that dropping it might be bad for the iPad itself since the corners and edges aren’t protected by the case. I’ll still put this into a sleeve for now. I also only paid $85 ($65 in rewards at Best Buy and a $50 Best Buy GC) for it so I think this is why I’m starting to like it. For the price it’s great.

    Still going to hold out hope for backlit keys in the future
    01-01-2019 01:33 PM
  21. Idelgado782's Avatar
    Preorders are out for the Brydge Keyboard. Anyone thinking about getting it? It has backlit keys, but no dock connector. I’m on the fence about it.
    01-08-2019 03:34 PM
  22. ZOFOURTWENTY's Avatar
    Preorders are out for the Brydge Keyboard. Anyone thinking about getting it? It has backlit keys, but no dock connector. I’m on the fence about it.
    The lack of smart connector has made me pass on it
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    01-08-2019 03:45 PM
  23. Raptor007's Avatar
    I have the Apple Folio keyboard case and honestly I am not using it enough to actually want it on my iPad Pro 2018. I may consider the new Brydge keyboard when its finally out of pre-order and keep in my bag for when I need a keyboard. Not sure yet.
    01-13-2019 10:02 AM
  24. Abu Khadija's Avatar
    I have the Apple Folio keyboard case and honestly I am not using it enough to actually want it on my iPad Pro 2018. I may consider the new Brydge keyboard when its finally out of pre-order and keep in my bag for when I need a keyboard. Not sure yet.
    Is it too late to return it? If you buy the Bridge one, what are you going to do with two keyboard cases?
    01-13-2019 06:25 PM
  25. jodihansen's Avatar
    Preorders are out for the Brydge Keyboard. Anyone thinking about getting it? It has backlit keys, but no dock connector. I’m on the fence about it.
    I held off buying the Apple Folio Keyboard this time in anticipation of going with a keyboard with clicky laptop style keys, backlighting, function keys and a laptop feel (solid base and clamshell design). I had Brydge in my mind and I’m pretty excited for it. I’ve preordered it for my 12.9”.

    It has a USB-C port for charging, so I can plug the iPad charger into it once in a while. The Brydge keyboard has a very long battery life (12 months if used for 2 hours per day without the backlit keyboard). I’ll use the backlighting, at least in the evenings, and if even if I charge it once per month, that’s nothing. Not a big deal at all. Besides, you can also connect the USB-C cable between the iPad and Brydge keyboard to charge it if you want. I’d probably keep that option in mind for emergencies, but it’s unlikely to happen with such long battery life in the keyboard anyway.

    I’ve picked the Brydge this time over the Smart Keyboard Folio since it has function keys including a home button (with double pressing that shows all open apps), a Siri button, volume controls and brightness controls, backlighting and a laptop feel for using on my lap or desk for stability while typing. It also allows the iPad to be open at any angle and reversed for a video mode which would be useful when watching video while flying. I also have the Folio case (non keyboard) which I’ll use when I just want to use my iPad in tablet mode or go ‘light’. It’s easy to attach the iPad to the Brydge since it doesn’t have to go in and out of a rear case and so I think that switching between the Folio case and the Brydge keyboard will be quick and easy. I also like how this years model comes with a magnetic leather cover for the back of the iPad. I had the original Brydge keyboard for my iPads 2 and 3 and I loved it, but did wish that the back of the iPad was protected while attached to the keyboard, so I’m happy to see that they’ve added that.

    The keyboard is expected to ship mid April. I do wish that companies would use months to describe shipping times over seasons. That’s Autumn in Australia, not Spring.
    01-14-2019 09:01 AM
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