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Do I Need The Smart Keyboard And Apple Pencil?

The great thing about the iPad Pro 12.9 is that it has the power of a laptop with a tablet's portability. Do you need additional devices to take full advantage of its features? How can you improve its functionality to make the most of it? More importantly, how can you protect the iPad to last you its entire lifetime?

A keyboard is handy if you use your iPad Pro 12.9 to write or type out content such as emails, presentations, and reports. In fact, getting a wireless keyboard is a great way to get the feel of a laptop. But is it worth it getting Apple’s Smart Keyboard?

Smart Keyboard

There are two versions: the Smart Keyboard and the Smart Keyboard Folio. Both designs are synonymous with Apple. The smart keyboard has a minimalist aesthetic and design, revealing a barely-there keyboard that does not get in your way or bulk up the device. The Smart Keyboard is compatible with iPad 7-9th generation, iPad Air third generation, and iPad Pro 10.5 inch. You can use the Smart Keyboard Folio with the iPad Pro 12.9 (3-5th generation), the iPad Pro 11 inch (1-3 generation), and the iPad Air (4 and 5th generation).

Pros

Apple markets the Smart Keyboard Folio for the iPad Pro 12.9 as a two-in-one product. The folio covers the iPad’s front and back. The keyboard is on the inside of the front flap. So, all you need to do is flip open the cover, and your keyboard is ready to use. One immense advantage is that you don't need to connect the keyboard to the iPad wirelessly. That happens automatically. And as with all of Apple's keyboards, it is incredibly comfortable to touch and type. You can choose between two viewing angles when the folio cover is open.

Cons

Although Apple claims that the Smart Keyboard Folio provides lightweight front and back protection, it is not an ideal choice. The cover attaches itself and grips the iPad Pro 12.9 with powerful magnets. However, the sides and corners are exposed. A good knock can easily detach the magnets, leaving the Smart Keyboard Folio flying and the iPad vulnerable to damage. In addition, the case is quite heavy when compared to similar cases, mainly because of the keyboard. The case weighs 1.76 pounds and is 11.35 x 8.85 x 0.9 inches.

Apple Pencil

Is the Apple Pencil an essential tool for your iPad Pro 12.9? Undoubtedly, the Apple Pencil is one of the most popular stylus pens on the market. It doesn't come cheap – the second generation costs $129. Apple also throws in a free engraving so you can personalize it.

Pros

The Apple Pencil unlocks a new range of functionality for your iPad. It gives you more control and precision when using certain apps such as Photoshop or Procreate. The Apple Pencil is pressure sensitive and has tilt control. This feature is perfect for drawing, sketching, or any artistic creation. You can create subtle shading and editing with pixel-perfect precision. The iPad Pro also senses when you are using the Apple Pencil. There is no risk of smudging, messing up your writing, or working with your hand. Apple's favorite stylus also has almost zero latency, lightning-fast. You can transform it into an eraser by double-tapping it on the screen. Charging the Apple Pencil is straightforward – just attach it to the iPad’s side. There is no need for wireless or Bluetooth pairing.

Cons

The Apple Pencil is a delicate device. Any hard knocks or falls will damage it. Even popping it in your bag, keys, and wallet might crush it. Although it does stick to the iPad, this can expose it to damage. Experts also recommend that you don’t allow the Apple Pencil’s battery to drain completely as it becomes damaged.

An Alternative Solution

At the end of the day, keeping your iPad Pro 12.9 safe is the main priority. Once it is healthy and undamaged, you can enjoy it fully. One way to do it is to find a high-quality iPad Pro case. Zugu makes a great iPad Pro 12.9 case that offers military-grade protection against a five-foot drop on concrete. Their cases are made from one of the most durable materials – TPU plastic. Zugu’s design created cases that perfectly encase the iPad while leaving full access to the ports, speakers, and camera. When ready, just pop it into a snug elastic cover on the back to keep it safe. You can also wirelessly charge your Apple Pencil through the cover.

Zugu cases go above and beyond when it comes to functionality. The Zugu iPad Pro 12.9 case has ten slots at the back, giving you a choice of angles. Each slot has a strong magnet that will hold it in place, giving you complete peace of mind. You can adjust the kickstand case accordingly, whether you are watching your favorite YouTube video, typing an email, or reading.