What are the best keyboard options for the 2015 12.9 iPad Pro?
Apple may no longer sell the 2015 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but there are still plenty of great hardware keyboards available for first-generation owners. They can help you pump out emails, spreadsheets, papers, and more, all while giving you easy access to your touchscreen.
Note: These cases are only confirmed to fit the 2015 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a different camera setup, and thus won’t fit in some older cases. We’ll have a separate roundup soon that focuses specifically on cases for the 2017 models.
Smart Connector Keyboards
If you want the simplest way to connect your iPad to a mechanical keyboard, the Smart Connector is hard to beat. You don’t have to worry about Bluetooth, nor do you have to charge or connect your keyboard — it automatically pairs when you snap it to your iPad.
Unfortunately, these models come with a few drawbacks: They’re often more expensive than a stand-alone Bluetooth keyboard or keyboard case, and even in 2017, there are really only two good options: Apple’s Smart Keyboard, and Logitech’s Create.
Apple Smart Keyboard
Apple’s 12.9-inch full-size keyboard attaches to the iPad Pro using the Smart Connector and allows for charging and a two-way exchange of data—no Bluetooth required!
The $169 Smart Keyboard also folds into a slim, lightweight cover to protect the iPad Pro’s screen when not in use. Its woven fabric keys do take a slight adjustment period, but as long as you don’t mind the texture, you’ll be typing away in no time.
Logitech Create Backlit Keyboard Case
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