So I received my Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro (12.9 inch, 2018) yesterday. I had a relatively high expectation of it given the hypes, but became doubtful as soon as I picked up the shipping box — it was as though I was holding the package of another iPad, instead of an accessory to it.
Portability issue aside, I’m super annoyed by the fact that the Magic Keyboard completely eliminate the possibility to use the iPad as an OG iPad without detaching it from the keyboard. I’ve been using the Smart Keyboard Folio, which, although being mocked for its outward-facing key caps, allows me to fold it to the back of my iPad when I, say, wait in the line and don’t want to hold two pieces of hardware instead of one on my already occupied hands.
The keyboard and trackpad are also inferior to the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad sold separately as Mac accessories, respectively. The keys wobble a lot as I type and therefore feels cheap. The trackpad has reasonably space but is prolate, making scrolling operations awkward. It also requires much more force to press in that the trackpad is mechanical rather than Force Touch-capable.
I have watched early reviewer videos on YouTube and was surprised that many of them praise the Magic Keyboard without mentioning annoyances I’ve found. I respectfully disagree with them. Some may argue that the Magic Keyboard can be used as a stationary “dock.” However, I think to promote iPad as a “next-generation” computing device, accessories shall extend its use scenarios instead of reducing them. The Magic Keyboard fails in my opinion as it exactly does the latter.
I’m now considering returning the keyboard if I can’t find justification for using it instead of my keyboard folio during the remaining days in the 14-day returning window. Or maybe it can serve as a good dumbbell for the WFH days in want of exercises.
Courtesy of the Magic Keyboard (and Jump Desktop)… I do get a decent Surface device.