And, well, that’s about it. Beyond those items and the Apple logo, an iPad is not a Mac, and likewise, a Mac is not an iPad. Yet, both can be used for similar functions with considerable overlap, especially from iPad Pro with a keyboard?
Portability and mobility are the hallmarks of a Mac notebook and an iPad. A MacBook Air, for example, can run just about any application for Mac, Windows, or Linux; and with Marzipan in the future, perhaps many iOS apps, too. From the other perspective, many cross platform applications run on both Mac and iPad Pro– Microsoft’s Office suite of apps comes to mind, but Adobe promises a full iOS Photoshop for the future– and there are far more iOS apps available than either macOS or Windows.
If portability and mobility are the hallmarks of both devices, what happens when you add a decent keyboard to an iPad Pro so it becomes more like a Mac notebook? Jason Snell did two wonderfully detailed reviews of perhaps the best keyboards for iPad Pro models– all of which add Mac-like capability to Apple’s industry leading tablet.
The Slim Folio Pro traps the iPad Pro in a less than ideal form. Both Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio and the Brydge Pro let you switch from keyboard to tablet quickly. Apple’s device excels because it’s small enough to carry around as a cover; Brydge’s excels because it provides the full laptop experience. I would choose either of those products over this one. But if you’re seeking value in an iPad keyboard case and don’t mind fussing with getting the thing on and off of your iPad, the Slim Folio Pro won’t let you down. It’s a solid product—as long as you know what you’re getting into. And out of.
Simply put, a good keyboard experience that is a pain to move from Mac-like experience back to iPad Pro experience.
The Logitech Slim Folio Pro, on the other hand, might offer a slightly nicer keyboard than the Brydge, but it’s a part of a quite bulky case with a not-quite-laptop design that requires you to laboriously your iPad Pro into and out of it. The beauty of the Brydge keyboard is that you can turn your iPad into a laptop and transform it back into a tablet in moments. To me, that’s the perfect combination, and that’s why I think the Brydge Pro keyboard is the right choice for people who want to get some serious typing done on the iPad Pro while on the go.
Ipso facto and alakazam– an iPad Pro typing experience that is Mac-like, but with an easier road back to the iPad Pro than Brydge.
Andrew O’Hara had more than a few complaints about Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio:
Regardless of all our complaints, the Smart Keyboard Folio remains the best typing experience on iPad. The keys are quick, responsive, and easy to type on. They aren’t as satisfying as some dedicated keyboards, but once you adjust, you can touch type as quickly and as accurately as on your Mac.
The end result is obvious. If you need to type on a device far more than use it as a tablet, a Mac notebook may do a better job (unless you run into the dreaded butterfly keyboard disease). If you need iPad portability and a good keyboard, Apple’s own Smart Keyboard Folio may be the best decision. If you must have a solid keyboard experience and don’t mind the combined iPad Pro and keyboard weight to be similar to a MacBook Air, then, either the Brydge or Logitech models may suffice; though each with their own issues.
What’s the point of iPad Pro keyboards?
To make them more Mac-like but still be able to use the device as it was intended. As an iPad. I trust Apple will carry the keyboard torch farther down the road of progress with both mouse and trackpad support in iOS 13, to be introduced in about a month, and launched with new iPhones late this summer.