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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)
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
Touching is an integral part of the tablet experience - your hand can rest on a table for most tasks
Touching is an integral part of the tablet experience - your hand can rest on a table for most tasks
Smart Keyboard Folio vs Magic Keyboard for iPad
Smart Keyboard Folio vs Magic Keyboard for iPad
Precisely adjusting sliders and immediately see their effects, zoom in with a simple pinching gesture while trying different settings.
Precisely adjusting sliders and immediately see their effects, zoom in with a simple pinching gesture while trying different settings.
iPad Pro Magic Keyboard as seen from the side, it is thicker and it has a dark aluminium hinge sticking out (on the left side)
iPad Pro Magic Keyboard as seen from the side, it is thicker and it has a dark aluminium hinge sticking out (on the left side)

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