Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad review

Apple's priciest keyboard and cover is certainly sturdy, but is it a bit too solid?

Magic Keyboard with an iPad Air in it on a dark green background
(Image: © Rosie Hilder)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Magic Keyboard for iPad is the most expensive iPad accessory Apple sells, and is a hefty bit of kit. It protects your iPad, enables you to type with ease, and once you learn the gestures, the trackpad is handy too. This is about as close as you're going to get to turning your iPad into a full work machine, but bear in mind that it's heavy, so isn't great for carting around.


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    Very sturdy

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    Pleasant typing experience

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    Adjustable angle


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    Weighs over 1.3lb/600g

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    No function keys

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Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad originally came out in 2020 and is designed for iPad Pro and iPad Air. It comes in two sizes, one for the 11-inch iPad Pro and the iPad Air ($299 / £319) and one for the iPad Pro 12.9-inch ($349 / £379).

The most expensive iPad case that Apple offers, it's both a cover and a keyboard. It's also the only case from Apple where the iPad seems to hover above the keyboard, rather than resting on it. This means you can adjust the viewing angle with more precision than say the Smart Keyboard Folio, which only has two viewing angles. 

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Dimensions9.7 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches for 11-inch, 11.46 x 9.37 x 0.86 for 12.9-inch
Weight609g / 1.34lb for 11-inch, 1.56lb / 710g for 12.9-inch
CompatibilityiPad Pro 11-inch (1st-4th gen), iPad Air (4th-5th gen) or iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd-6th gen)

The Logitech Slim Folio Pro iPad Case with Keyboard doesn't have a trackpad but it does do a good job of protecting your iPad. It also has backlit keys and a row of iOS shortcuts.


Apple's Smart Keyboard Folio also lacks a trackpad, but does provide a neat protective cover for the iPad as well as a comfortable keyboard. 

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Rosie Hilder

Rosie is Deputy Editor on Digital Camera World's sister site, Creative Bloq. Over the past decade, she's worked as Deputy Editor for Time Out Buenos Aires, as Operations Editor on magazines including Computer Arts, 3D World and Paint & Draw and Mac|Life, and freelanced for the likes of Woman& In 2018, she joined Creative Bloq, where she now assists with the daily management of the site and writes about design, tech, art, and more.