Yours truly, yesterday:
In an ideal world, all 11-ish-inch iPads would support the same
keyboard accessories. But here we are, with the new 10th-gen iPad
only supporting the new Magic Keyboard Folio and the iPad Pro and
iPad Air only supporting the Magic Keyboard. (Those latter two
iPads also support the no-trackpad Smart Keyboard Folio, but I
honestly have no idea who buys that thing other than people who’ve
never tried iPadOS with a trackpad and thus have no idea how fun
and useful it is.)
I’ve heard from a few friends who swear by the Smart Keyboard Folio already. Said one: “It’s about weight and ruggedness.” Said another: “This may come as a shock, but I use my daily driver iPad Pro 12.9-inch with a Smart Keyboard Folio. It’s lighter. I also have Magic Keyboards but my go to is the Folio.”
For the 12.9-inch models, the Smart Keyboard Folio weighs 407g; the Magic Keyboard 710g. 300 grams is two-thirds of a pound — a notable difference.
Another comment, from the first friend quoted above: “I think Magic Keyboard makes it more MacBook-like, Keyboard Folio is more iPad-esque.” I agree — and it explains my strong preference for the Magic Keyboard, extra weight be damned. It’s certainly easier to rotate the iPad to portrait — for, say, marking up a document with a Pencil — while it’s in a Keyboard Folio than a Magic Keyboard — if only because the keyboard half can be folded behind the iPad like that of a non-keyboard cover.
★ Saturday, 22 October 2022