Apple blew it with the 2016 and 2017 Mac Book Pro. The keyboard is simply awful. While the 12 inch Mac Book is adorable, it has the same keyboard. They even have a support document telling users that they have to tilt their laptop a a certain angle and use compressed air to push out debris. Apparently, it takes very little for these keyboards to start causing problems. It’s also clear that the Mac OS and iOS are coming closer together than ever before. These two operating systems are on a collision course.
Apple revised their iPad Pro lineup in 2017 to give us a 10.5 and 12.9 inch model. They start at $649. Let me be clear, the standard iPad (at $329 and up) is good tablet for most users. However, I would like to discuss the top of the product line today. The new iPad Pros aim to be laptop replacements. Of course you will need a keyboard to use with your iPad Pro. Fortunately, you have so many choices available!!
You could use Apple’s Smart Keyboard. I think it will give you a decent typing experience
If you are willing to have a separate wireless keyboard, you could use Apple’s (desktop) Magic Keyboard for an even better typing experience. You can even bundle this keyboard and the iPad Pro together with a cover like system called the Canopy or just use the iPad Pro with any case that has a stand built into it.
However, if you would truly like a keyboard cover that makes your iPad Pro look and feel like the Mac Book Pro that it aims to be, check out this choice from Brydge. I think it’s an awesome option that should not be overlooked.
With the iPad Pro, you have typing choices.
However, Apple could repent. They could update the Mac Book Air in 2018 and keep its excellent keyboard in circulation. They may also reverse course on their 2016-2017 Mac Book disasters. I doubt it.
On this day – February 2, 2018 – I am saying that the iPad Pro with a keyboard is your best “Mac Laptop.”