I preordered the new one for a 12.9” ipad pro because I loved the old one, especially the keyboard feel. I don’t know why, but the keyboard was the best I’d ever felt and a joy to use (yes, even compared to standalone keyboards). On more concrete note, the apple smart keyboard is missing a row of keys that the Logitech will have, including an Escape key.
The apple smart keyboard is good, very convenient to remove, nicely adjustable (though it won’t have the shallow drawing angle). The apple keyboard also has a solid feel and a tight fit (albeit with magnets) to the iPad. On the other hand, the Apple keys seem a little stiff to me, but perfectly usable (I don’t notice unless I think about it).
The lit keys on the Logitech will be nice, but really the Escape key is major advantage.
My previous logitech became brittle (aging) in the corners until, as a handme down, one of the corners actually broke off. So I hope the rubber corners of the new one will be durable, reliable, easier to remove, and longer lasting.
I am looking forward to the new Logitech… though the encumbrance (size and weight) will be a drawback.
I forgot to mention. The Apple keyboard also has connectivity problems even with the smart connector. It’s usually manageable (fixable) but definitely annoying. The old Logitech used the smart connector, so I have no idea whether the new one (bluetooth) will have issues.
Also, I forgot to mention the one flaw in the old Logitech (which I loved once I fixed it) is the play key in the top row. If you close the lid, and something pressed firmly on the lid, the play button could press. So then your ipad is playing (music or video) without you knowing it. ARGH! (If you think your environs are haunted with soft voices and mysterious murmurings… check your ipad + case!) Fortunately, I was able to fix this pretty much permanently with:
Assorted Furniture Felt Protector Pads… using just the tiny ones (7/16”)… sliced in half to provide bookends (protectors) for the PLAY key. Problem solved. I see that I shall have to repeat that process to “fix” the new Logitech as well.
Other than that, the keyboard was very capable, pleasant, reliable, and… powerful (if a keyboard can be powerful!-)