Apple Offering Free Smart Keyboard Repairs Under New 3-Year Policy

Apple has initiated a new three-year service policy for the Smart Keyboard for both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, MacRumors has learned.

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Apple has determined that some Smart Keyboards may experience "functional issues" during use, such as the Smart Connector not working or certain keys sticking, repeating, or not responding, according to an internal memo distributed to Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers last week.

Apple says it will service any qualifying Smart Keyboard free of charge within three years of the date it was originally purchased.

We recommend affected customers call an Apple Store to schedule a Genius Bar appointment or visit an Apple Authorized Service Provider to initiate the repair process. Affected customers can also contact Apple support by phone, online chat, or email by selecting iPad > iPad Accessories on this page.

Due to the newness of this service policy, some Apple support employees may be unfamiliar with its existence, in which case we recommend escalating your request to a senior AppleCare advisor.

Update: In May 2019, we received an email from a customer who claims that Apple denied existence of this policy. Your mileage may vary.

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Top Rated Comments

Tapiture Avatar
66 months ago
That product is nasty, and it's a shame Apple's sells it.
Nasty? It's pretty great in my opinion. I love how the keys feel, it's spill-proof, no cracks between keys, doesn't require Bluetooth (which wears down battery.) only complaint is it doesn't have function keys.
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NT1440 Avatar
66 months ago
That product is nasty, and it's a shame Apple's sells it.
It's my favorite iPad keyboard, by far. What is "nasty" about it?
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DaveOP Avatar
66 months ago
That product is nasty, and it's a shame Apple's sells it.
I love mine, more enjoyable to type on than my 2016 rMBP. To each his own, I guess.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zaft Avatar
66 months ago
Here comes the negative apple comments. Tim Cook could cure cancel and he would be criticized for it..
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Traverse Avatar
66 months ago
That product is nasty, and it's a shame Apple's sells it.
Nasty? It's pretty great in my opinion. I love how the keys feel, it's spill-proof, no cracks between keys, doesn't require Bluetooth (which wears down battery.) only complaint is it doesn't have function keys.
I agree, I think the Smart Keyboard is a wonderful iPad keyboard. Is it the best keyboard ever? No. But I've never been satisfied with any iPad keyboard until I tried the Smart Keyboard.

Nice and Clicky even with low travel. No batteries and no hassle.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dilster3k Avatar
66 months ago
That product is nasty, and it's a shame Apple's sells it.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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