Best answer: No, you're old Smart Keyboard won't work with the new 2018 iPad Pros. Not only is the design different, but the smart connectors are in a different location. If you still want a Smart Keyboard for your new iPad Pro, you'll need to pick up a new one.

B&H: Smart Keyboard Folio ($179)

Different form factor

Anyway you slice it, the new iPad Pro models just won't work with any of the old accessories. The new design has made the measurements of the iPad Pro (even the 12.9-inch) different than their older conter parts. The casing size of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is significantly smaller than it's predecessor, measuring 11.04 inches long by 8.46 inches wide, compared to the 12 X 8.68 inches of the previous model. The 11-inch iPad Pro measures 9.74 inches long by 7.02 inches wide, compared to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which measures 9.8 X 6.8 inches.

Size is not the only thing that matters here. The Smart Connector that attachs the keyboard to the iPad Pro has change locations. The new models have the Smart Connector on the back of the iPad near the charging port, so even if your old keyboard did fit (which it doesn't), it wouldn't be able to connect properly. Even a stand-alone smart keyboard (that wouldn't necessarily need a specific case size) is probably not going to work with the new iPad Pro because of that Smart Connector relocation.

New accessories

While your old Smart Keyboard won't work with your new iPad Pro, Apple did make a new version of the accessory called the Smart Keyboard Folio. It's designed to work with the new iPad's, and it's not just a keyboard, but also a slim case that covers the back of your iPad Pro. You can get the Smart Keyboard Folio for the 11-inch or 12.9-inch iPad Pro for $179 or $199 respectively.

Third-party case makers are already on the move. Likely, by the time the holiday shopping season begins, we'll see a handful of Smart Connector supported keyboard cases that are designed for the 2018 iPad Pro from our favorite brands (we're looking at you, Logitech).

In the meantime, Apple's Smart Keyboard Folio is the perfect keyboard companion for the new iPad Pro.

Our pick

Smart Keyboard Folio

New stylish take on Apple's Smart Keyboard

If you do a lot of typing on your iPad Pro, whether it's for work or pleasure, the Smart Keyboard Folio is super handy to have around. Plus. the new version covers the back of the iPad Pro with a slim cover, meaning your iPad has more protection from scratches than ever before.

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