Apple announced the new iPad Pro 2020 models with the maximum amount of a song and dance as you’ll muster through a web newsroom post, with the large selling points being both the LiDAR sensor on the front of the devices, and compatibility with the new Magic Keyboard, which comes with a trackpad, turning your tablet into a pseudo-laptop.
The Magic Keyboard joins the Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil within the roster of peripherals you’ll buy for your premium slate, and while I’m not sold on the thing (iPad Pros sit therein sweet spot between smartphone and laptop, the Magic Keyboard skews that balance), some people might find it useful.
However, I’ve been using the iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) daily for nearly a year now, complete with the Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil to actually round off the experience, and there’s an enormous issue with the previous addition which the Magic Keyboard doesn’t look set to repair – the difficulty of protection and sturdiness .
A case study
The Smart Keyboard Folio – and, by the looks of it, the Magic Keyboard, although we haven’t tested it yet – works sort of a case, wrapping round the iPad Pro when it’s closed, and acting as a stand when in action.
As a case, though, the folio doesn’t function alright in the least . From but a years’ use, my one boasts a plethora of injuries, starting from scuffed edges and various marks to many noticeable areas where the outer layer has bubbled up, sort of a blister on the fabric . It’s not exactly a good-looking case any longer .
In addition, the iPad Pro hasn’t come away unscathed – a number of the sides are marked, especially the buttons, there are some marks on the rear that haven’t any obvious cause, and therefore the screen itself has faint but recognizable smudges within the shape of the keys from the keyboard (as the keyboard is pressed against the display when closed).
This wear and tear is despite me being fairly gentle with the tablet – it’s not like I’ve been climbing mountains or skiing with the thing, just putting it during a bag daily for work, and on adventures to coffee shops and cafes now then .
The Magic Keyboard isn’t magic
A little natural damage is predicted when you’re employing a device frequently, but the Smart Keyboard Folio didn’t protect our device as a case would have done, despite this being one among its two functions – and it doesn’t appear to be the Magic Keyboard is about to vary that.
Judging by pictures of the thing online, the Magic Keyboard offers no protection to the edges of the iPad Pro 2020, even less so than the Smart Keyboard Folio, which was slightly bigger than the tablet at the sides .
On top of that, it looks like the Magic Keyboard could be susceptible to wear and tear of its own, since it’s a sophisticated scissor mechanism, lights, a USB-C port and more. rather than protecting your new iPad Pro, the Magic Keyboard might open your gadgets up to an entire plethora of latest problems.
A tablet isn’t a computer – you’re not getting to leave it on a desk, visiting it once you got to do a task, play a game or simply surf the online . It’s more sort of a phone that you’re getting to carry everywhere with you, even more so than a laptop, because the iPad Pro is smaller and lighter than your average laptop.
If I’m to use my iPad remotely to figure , I’m getting to want it to be safe to maneuver about, but I’m unsure I could recommend the Smart Keyboard Folio as adequate protection if you’re hoping your tablet will last you for an extended time.
The Magic Keyboard doesn’t look set to repair these problems, and might even add a number of its own, so rather than encouraging me to require my iPad Pro even more places with me to figure , it’s actually making the great old pen-and-paper combo look more tempting.
After all, if I’m being asked to settle on between ‘a highly functional iPad Pro that’s susceptible to damage’ or ‘a well-protected iPad Pro that’s missing some core functions’, I’m not getting to pick either.