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Comparing different Apple iPad keyboards

Smart Keyboard Folio compared to Magic Keyboard

Aug. 11, 2020 -

The tablet is at the frontier of mobile computing and its hardware form factor is evolving. This year Apple introduced a new Magic Keyboard for iPad that includes a trackpad. Everybody is raving about it, yet I think there is something to be said for the "mouse-less" Smart Keyboard Folio. Read along for some key differences.

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Smart Keyboard Folio (left) and the new Magic Keyboard (right)
Smart Keyboard Folio (left) and the new Magic Keyboard (right)
iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Folio as seen from the side
iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Folio as seen from the side
Composing multi layered images by dragging, dropping, rotating, resizing in a matter of seconds. Optimised tablet apps help you achieve alignment precision using guides and rulers.
Composing multi layered images by dragging, dropping, rotating, resizing in a matter of seconds. Optimised tablet apps help you achieve alignment precision using guides and rulers.
Reveal available keyboard combinations by long-pressing the CMD-key in any app
Reveal available keyboard combinations by long-pressing the CMD-key in any app
The trackpad on the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is great - you can see the 'cursor' being a grey circle (just between the FaceTime and Zoom icons)
The trackpad on the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is great - you can see the 'cursor' being a grey circle (just between the FaceTime and Zoom icons)
The Magic Keyboard is made like a laptop keyboard (with distinct keys and ditto mechanisms) - the Smart Keyboard Folio is made with a woven fabric from a single piece of material
The Magic Keyboard is made like a laptop keyboard (with distinct keys and ditto mechanisms) - the Smart Keyboard Folio is made with a woven fabric from a single piece of material

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