Which is more surprising-that on Wednesday Apple introduced the $169 Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro, or that it took until 2015 for Apple to make its own iPad keyboard-cover combo in the style of Microsoft’s Surface Type Cover?
With the exception of the brief, unsuccessful life of the iPad Keyboard Dock back in 2010, Apple has kept its distance from joining physical keyboards to the iPad. Sure, the iPad supports Bluetooth keyboards, including Apple’s own, but until now Apple has refrained from revisiting the purpose-built iPad keyboard.
Turns out that with the iPad Pro, the siren song of combining iPad with keyboard became too strong for Apple to resist. And so come November, when the iPad Pro arrives in stores, a keyboard will arrive with it. I got to spend a few minutes typing on a Smart Keyboard after Apple’s event. Here are my first impressions.