The iPad Pro is supposed to be a device that let’s people get some serious work done. There are people who love the iPad Pro as a laptop alternative and people who don’t. Until recently, I wanted to love the iPad Pro as a work machine but felt like it was lacking something. For me, that something was a keyboard other than Apple’s Smart Keyboard.
My work mostly involves writing and video editing on top of the constant flow of email almost all professionals navigate on a daily basis. And when I bought the iPad Pro I meant to use it in place of the MacBook I sold off. The heavy lifting (video editing) would happen on my 27″ 5K iMac and the lighter stuff (writing) would be done on the iPad. Except that’s not what happened. For the better part of a year the 9.7″ iPad Pro sat around being underutilized.
Without a doubt Apple’s Smart Keyboard has some cool features. It’s light and has an interesting style. The fabric keyboard prevents crumbs from getting trapped underneath keys. And I LOVE the smart connector: it’s super-convenient not having to pair the keyboard via Bluetooth or needing to remember to charge yet another accessory.
But the Smart Keyboard has some unfortunate productivity killers — at least for me and how I actually want to ...