Logitech has introduced its first keyboard for the newest iPad Pro, the Slim Folio Pro. The new keyboard is a backlit various to the first-party Smart Keyboard Folio which Apple introduced alongside its new pill final 12 months. Logitech’s mannequin contains a devoted row of iOS shortcut keys and a built-in strap to maintain the second era Apple Pencil safe whereas it’s magnetically hooked up and charging from the iPad.

Unlike Apple’s first-party keyboard, the Slim Folio Pro connects over Bluetooth LE relatively than utilizing the iPad’s Smart Connector. That means you’ll should cost the keyboard individually, though you possibly can technically cost it instantly from the pill utilizing a USB-C cable. Unlike the previous model of the Slim Folio which had a battery life of 4 years due to a replaceable coin battery, Logitech says its new keyboard ought to final for 3 months on a single cost, primarily based on an assumption of two hours of use a day.


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The keyboard activates mechanically whenever you slide the iPad into typing mode.
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Logitech’s keyboard additionally contains a row of iOS shortcut keys with controls accessible for display brightness, quantity, and media playback. The keyboard will mechanically activate and connect with your iPad whenever you slide it into typing mode, and could be folded behind the pill if you happen to’d relatively be sketching. Unlike Apple’s keyboard which can be utilized at two angles, Logitech’s mannequin solely seems to help a single angle when you’re typing.

The Slim Folio Pro is obtainable in two sizes to match the 2 present fashions of iPad Pro. The smaller mannequin for the 11-inch iPad prices $119.99, whereas the bigger 12.9-inch mannequin prices $129.99. That’s loads cheaper than the $179.99 or $199.99 you’d should spend on Apple’s folio keyboards.

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