Does iPad Air & Pro Smart Keyboard Cover work on iPad 10.2?

Apple has just released the 7th generation iPad 10.2. While the new iPad doesn’t offer too many innovations, it brings two key new features that have me excited. One, the screen is larger at 10.2-inches. The other is, the new 7th gen iPad 10.2 now comes with Smart Keyboard connector. You can pair your new iPad with Apple’s Smart Keyboard Cover. The question everyone is asking is, ” Does the iPad Air and iPad Pro 10.5 Smart Keyboard Kover work on the new iPad 10.2? And the answer is yes! All the 3 iPads use the same connector and all the three iPads share the same keyboard. 

Can the iPad Air 10.5 and iPad Pro 10.5 Smart Keyboard be used with the 7th Generation iPad 10.2?

apple-ipad-smart-keyboard-work-ipad-pro-ipad-airThe iPad Air 10.5 (3rd generation), iPad Pro 10.5 2017 and now the new iPad 10.2 use the same Smart Keyboard. Since the keyboard connects to the iPad using Smart Connector, you can interchangeably use the keyboards without any pairing process involved. Do note that your iPad 10.2 Case Cover shouldn’t be blocking the connector in order for the keyboard cover to work. 

There’s no need to power the keyboard nor is there a need to pair as both the connection and the power is provided by the smart connector itself. You can just undock the Apple Keyboard from your iPad Air and connect it to the iPad 7th generation and you are good to go.

It’s great to see Apple stick with the same keyboard design for a long time. In case you have a cover lying around that you originally bought for the iPad Pro 10.5, it will work perfectly for the 7th generation iPad 10.2 as well. The same goes for the Apple Pencil. If you have an old Apple Pencil you bought for the iPad Pro, it will work seamlessly with the new entry-level iPad.

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Is it worth buying the Apple Smart Keyboard for the iPad 10.2 7th generation?

Well, this is a tricky question. While the iPad 7th generation is targeted for consumers who are tight on budget, the Smart Keyboard seems like a luxury.

Priced at $159, the Apple Smart Keyboard isn’t cheap. And it makes very little sense to get a keyboard for $160 especially for a device that just costs $329 ($299 for education).

If you add an Apple Pencil to it, you will be spending north of $550. A budget-conscious iPad buyer will not and should not spend this kind of money on accessories.

However, if you spend the money, I have to say the Keyboard Cover is quite good. The typing experience is quite pleasant. I have been using the same Apple Keyboard Cover with my iPad Pro 10.5 and it types as well as a keyboard on the MacBook Air. It has worn down with time (as you can see in the image below) but it’s acceptable remembering how rough I have been with it.

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Will Apple make a cheaper Apple Smart Keyboard for the entry-level iPad?

apple-ipad-keyboard-cover-keyboard-connector-bagskingdomUnfortunately, no! The Apple Smart Keyboard which was originally designed for the iPad Pro 10.5 is all that Apple will be offering. Apple shares no plan to design a new Smart Keyboard for its cheaper entry-level iPad.

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Price of Accessories for the 7th generation 10.2 iPad

  • Apple Smart Keyboard- $159
  • Apple Pencil (1st generation)- $99
  • Smart Cover for iPad- $49
  • 30W USB-C Power Adapter- $49
  • Logitech Crayon (Alternative to Apple Pencil)- $69.95
  • Airpods- $159

Of these accessories, the only one I recommend is the Apple Smart Keyboard and maybe the Apple Pencil if you take a lot of notes.

While the iPad 7th generation itself is a great value, the accessories clearly aren’t. It would be great to see Apple make cheaper accessories designed specifically for the cheaper iPads.

So, there you go. Now you know that the iPad Air and iPad Pro Keyboard Cover is fully compatible with the 7th generation iPad 10.2. Thanks for reading this post. Leave a comment down below if you have any questions.

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