Smart Keyboard update improves connection stability with iPad Pro

iPad Pro keyboard
iPad Pro keyboard (Image credit: iMore)

Next time you start using the Smart Keyboard on your iPad Pro, you'll get an accessory update. That's a way for Apple to push updates through the Smart Connector and into the keyboard. You can choose to apply the update immediately or defer it to later. Once it starts running, though, it's a quick download and install.

This accessory update for the Apple iPad Pro Smart Keyboard is to improve the stability of the connection, prevent unexpected wake-ups (opens in new tab), and otherwise keep us all typing away happily. A previous update to the Logitech Create keyboard, one that used the same Smart Connector mechanism, fixed more significant bugs.

Quick and easy updates are one of the advantages of the Smart Connector, which carries not only power and ground, but data between the accessory and the iPad.

It'll be interesting to see how Apple and third parties use the feature in the future.

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  • I still think you should add somewhere "(US only)" in all articles about the Smart Keyboard. Although it is available worldwide, it is available with a US keyboard layout only. As you have readers worldwide, it would make sense to note this important fact.
  • I totally agree.... It's one of the reason why I didn't buy it. Even if I type a lot in english, I would have prefer to get my keyboard in FR- Canada.... like my iMac etc.... I really hope they start to make more models (maybe after the "suppose" March keynote.... the iPad Pro needs more love :)
  • Sincere question — does that need to be added in every article about the keyboard? It will start to become difficult because so many products are so regionalized. i.e. no Amazon video in Canada, no Wealthfront in the U.K. Also, U.S. keyboard can be used outside the U.S. (I'm using one in Canada right now.)
  • Did you notice any improvement with the update ?
    Do you think we might see more keyboard from Apple for the iPad Pro ? Like a FR Canada ? Could be a nice opportunity to add more accessories for the Pro during the March Keynote (like more color for the covers,...).
  • Okay, my reaction is too late and will probably go unnoticed. But I would say: Yes, that needs to be added in every article about the keyboard. Why? Because a keyboard is an essential input device and not an optional service like Amazon Video. I think it is an unparalleled case for a global acting computer company to release a keyboard without a localized layout. What is the reasoning for this? If the iPad is meant as a notebook replacement by Apple, then they can be sure this will not happen in France, Germany or most other European countries without a proper keyboard. Again: Is there any logical reason to hurt the business in this regard? It is really like if Mercedes or BMW would sell their cars in UK with left-hand drive only.
  • The update caught me by surprise last night while reading. I noticed the "unexpected wake ups" recently but only noticed it because I had the iPad keyboard cover flipped open. I figured I just bumped a key or something.