Smart Keyboard Folio

Sometimes the best cable organizer is your desk mat [Setups]

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We don't feature a ton of iPad-driven setups, but that's not actually the cool thing we're obsessed with in this photo.
We don't feature a ton of iPad-driven setups, but that's not actually the cool thing we're obsessed with in this photo.
Photo: Fernando Silva

We love it when unfamiliar gear in a computer setup cropping up on social media makes us go, “what the hell is that thing?”

It happened with today’s featured setup, which is bit unusual because it centers on an iPad Pro rather than a desktop computer or laptop. But the unfamiliar item turned out to be a desk mat with a cool trick using metal pieces to tame cable clutter.

Formidable workstation scores 2 Apple ‘hat tricks’ [Setups]

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It's pretty much all Apple here, with special appearance by other companies for recording and lighting purposes.
It's pretty much all Apple here, with special appearance by other companies for recording and lighting purposes.
Photo: magmamadman@Reddit.com

The only reason today’s featured setup isn’t 100% Apple is that Cupertino doesn’t make its own condenser USB microphones, lighting or desks.

Literally everything else in the setup is from Apple, including a computing “hat trick” of desktop Mac, laptop Mac and Apple tablet, plus a second hat trick for peripherals, with an Apple display, Apple input devices and Apple audio.

Smart Keyboard Folio for 2018 iPad Pro hits new low — now $79.99

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The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio arranged as a notebook computer.
Bag yours before they're all gone!
Photo: Apple

Pick up Apple’s brilliant 12.9-inch Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2018 iPad Pro at a staggering new low. Woot is offering brand-new units for just $79.99 — a whopping $120 (60%) off the original price.

They’re sure to sell out quickly, so bag yours while you can.

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Retailers slash $100 off 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro

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This discount won't last long — don't miss out!
Photo: Apple

The biggest ever discount on the outstanding 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is back. Order yours from Amazon or Best Buy today for just $249 — down from $349 — before the price returns to normal.

You can also save $100 on the 11-inch model for iPad Pro and the newest iPad Air, which is now just $199.

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Save $50 on the brilliant Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro

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Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2020 iPad Pro
Bag yours before the discounts disappear!
Photo: Apple

Pick up Apple’s brilliant Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro today and you can save up to $50 on Amazon. It offers a full-size keyboard whenever you need it, and protects your pricey iPad while you’re on the go.

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Grab Apple’s fabulous Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro at 40% off

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Apple Smart Keyboard Folio is available for a wide range of iPad models.
The Smart Keyboard Folio is a lightweight, very portable keyboard case for iPads.
Photo: Apple

Amazon has an amazing deal on the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro and iPad Air. This super-slim case adds hardly any bulk to the tablet, despite including a full-size keyboard. And you can get one today for $79 below the usual price.

The deal is good for either the version of this case for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro or one that fits the 11-inch iPad Pro and the new 10.9-inch iPad Air.

Save up to $48.99 on a brand-new Smart Keyboard for iPad

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The new 2019 iPad Air, with its 10.5-inch screen, works with Apple's existing Smart Keyboard.
Bag yours before they're all gone.
Photo: Apple

Amazon is now offering Apple’s brilliant Smart Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad at some of its lowest prices to date. You can save up to $48.99 on brand-new models for a limited time.

Bag yours before they sell out!

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Best 2020 iPad Pro keyboard cases available at launch

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Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2020 iPad Pro
An updated Apple Smart Keyboard Folio is one of the best keyboards available now for the 2020 iPad Pro.
Photo: Apple

Adding an extra camera lens and LiDAR to the 2020 iPad Pro changed the design enough that virtually all keyboard cases designed for its predecessor can’t be used with the new model. And Apple’s own Magic Keyboard won‘t debut for months.

Still, there are already a couple of keyboard cases available for people expecting a new iPad Pro to arrive this week.

5 reasons why iPad Pro’s new Magic Keyboard blows our minds

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Everything we wanted the Smart Keyboard to be.
Photo: Apple

Apple’s exciting new Magic Keyboard is going to make working on iPad Pro better than ever when the accessory debuts in May. It’s a huge improvement over the Smart Keyboard Folio in so many ways.

Prices start at $299, which makes the Magic Keyboard an expensive upgrade. For many iPad Pro users, however, it will be well worth it. Here are five reasons why the Magic Keyboard with trackpad blows our minds.

I hated the iPad Pro Smart Folio Keyboard, but now I love it

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Smart Keyboard Folio
As a keyboard, the Smart Keyboard Folio makes a great stand.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

I picked up the Smart Folio Keyboard for my iPad Pro a few weeks back, because I was traveling and needed to do some work on the go. I’ve avoided the expensive accessory in the past, because a regular Bluetooth keyboard is so much better — on paper anyway. Even the most basic Bluetooth keyboard offers far more essential features than Apple’s own keyboard case. But after trying the Apple keyboard, I like it a lot. The keys themselves are still awful, but the convenience factor is off the charts.

Perk up the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio with Slickwraps [Review]

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Slickwraps for Apple Smart Keyboard Folio review
This is an iPad Pro, believe it or not.
Photo: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

The Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2018 iPad Pro is slim, lightweight and very useful. It’s also ugly as a mud fence. Slickwraps makes an array of “skins” designed to improve the appearance with bright colors, simulated wood grain or other options.

We tested this device cover to see whether it really enhances this iPad Pro add-on. Read on to find out how it did.

2018 iPad Pro – A week with Apple’s computer for everywhere [Review]

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Apple’s on their hardware “A” game with the new iPad Pro
Photo: Ian Fuchs/Cult of Mac

The new iPad Pro is arguably the most powerful, most familiar, most versatile, and most fun computer you can get today. Yes, you read that correctly. I said computer.

For the past week, I’ve been testing out Apple’s latest 12.9” iPad Pro. I’ve used it around the house, and at work, in the kitchen, and in bed, at the coffee shop and on the couch – and it’s been great. I actually look forward to using it, and it has replaced both my MacBook and my iPhone for a lot of my most common situations.

The new iPad Pro might be too pro for you [Review]

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The new 2018 iPad Pro is a lust object you probably don’t need.
The new 2018 iPad Pro is a lust object you probably don’t need.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Every 2018 iPad Pro review I’ve read seems to be written by someone who doesn’t use the iPad like a pro. Most of the reviewers focus on using Apple’s new tablet they way most people do: reading the internet, doing some mail and watching lots of video.

Which is a shame, because there’s a lot to like in this iPad for “power” users, aka folks whose everyday carry is an iPad. People like me. The iPad has been my most-used device for years. I do everything on it. (Everything, ironically, except writing articles — but that’s because my ancient 27-inch iMac still works fine, and I like to use a trackpad for editing text.)

Rather than reviewing the iPad Pro from the point of view of a “normal,” I’m going to talk about this gorgeous new device like someone who uses an iPad for work every day.