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  1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar

    Following up with a teardown of the Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro, which received a low 1 out of 10 repairability score because of what looked like the inability to take anything apart without damaging it, iFixit has come out of the woodwork once again, this time with a teardown of the new Smart Keyboard for the iPad Pro.

    The Smart Keyboard uses connections on the side of the iPad Pro to transmit its data and get the power it needs. Its surface is very much water and stain resistant; iFixit notes that it feels like a windbreaker material.

    After delving into the insides some more, iFixit finds that the Smart Keyboard is really dumbed down it really lacks much tech at all. At the top of the keys, you'll find pretty much the only controller chip that the keyboard has:

    A special conductive fabric is what relays the key presses to the logic board, which then relays the information to the iPad Pro via the side connection.

    With all said and done, the Smart Keyboard was impossible to open without breaking things, and it's clear that Apple never intended the device to be opened and repaired if it failed, but just replaced instead. As a result, iFixit has scored the Smart Keyboard with a 0 out of 10 repairability score, the lowest possible score.

    Source: iFixit
    2015-11-24 05:44 PM
  2. Lawrence Coleman's Avatar
    Did you find anything specific to the iPad Pro that would tie the use of the Apple Pencil to it? I'm wondering if the Apple Pencil will be able to be used on other iPads, or if there is any hardware in the Pro that makes it work?
    2015-11-27 02:16 PM