Earlier today Apple announced its long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro at its "Hey Siri" special event. The new iPad model was introduced alongside a new Microsoft Surface-like Smart Keyboard, which connects to the iPad Pro via the three-dot Smart Connector. Now, Logitech has announced its own keyboard case for the iPad Pro, making it the first third-party manufacturer to produce an accessory for the Smart Connector.
We’re excited to introduce the Logitech® CREATE Keyboard Case for iPad Pro, developed closely with Apple to leverage the new Smart Connector™, eliminating the need to power on, set up or charge the keyboard – it is always ready when you are.
The keyboard's ability to utilize the Smart Connector allows it to automatically power on and pair with the iPad Pro as soon as its connected because the Smart Connector facilitates both data and power transfers. This lets the user avoid having to pair their device via a Bluetooth set-up process or worry about charging the keyboard or swapping out its batteries.
While Logitech and Apple developed the keyboard together because of the Smart Connector, it's unknown whether other manufacturers will also get the opportunity to develop keyboard cases that take advantage of Apple's new connection port.
The keys of the CREATE keyboard case are full-sized, allowing users to easily adjust from similarly-sized laptop keyboards and do the work they need. It's also built with a "tightly-woven premium fabric" that Logitech says helps resist accidental bumps, spills and scratches.
The CREATE Keyboard Case will be available for purchase alongside the iPad Pro, which will launch in November. It's unknown how much the CREATE Keyboard Case will retail for.