Today is the day for those of us who managed to get into the online Apple Store and place our orders while supplies held out. I just checked the tracking on mine and it left Louisville, KY Thursday morning, arrived in Nashville, TN that evening, and is now showing up at the depot in my small suburb as “Preparing for Delivery.” I finally feel confident it will actually arrive today.
Now I just need to make sure someone at my house is watching out for it, because I won’t be home until 8 PM, at the earliest. My work trips never seem to be timed well when it comes to Apple releases, but that’s life.
I’m looking forward to trying out several things with this new device once I get it loaded up and ready to roll. First off, I’ve seen the variations in opinions from a few other reviewers who had early access to the Pro, but I want to try out the older Magic Keyboard with it for myself. Some say the fit is noticeably tight and the keys press on the screen when closed.
On the other hand, I have an enormous amount a respect for Federico Viticci’s opinion as an iPad expert, and he says he didn’t notice any issues with the fit in the most recent AppStories podcast, so it could go either way. I ended up with a line that wasn’t a scratch, but a deformity in the screen coating, caused by another keyboard case a few years ago, so I am a little sensitive to this. I’ll be very interested to see how mine fits.
I also have a the Brydge Pro+ keyboard, which has new firmware that is now out of beta and fully released that makes the trackpad experience a thousand times better. However, on Brydge’s website they do not list the Pro+ as being compatible with the new iPad Pro, but only their new Max keyboard that is coming next month (and that I will be reviewing soon after release). Since it has two padded clips that hold the iPad Pro that have some give to them, I’m wondering how that fit will work in practice, if at all. If it doesn’t, I guess I will be selling mine again and waiting for the Max to arrive.
Then there’s the Logitech Combo Touch keyboard case, which has already arrived and is ready to go. I’m really looking forward to trying this one out starting tomorrow. It has a similar design to one of my favorite keyboard cases of all time, Logitech’s Slim Combo for the 2015 and 2017 iPad Pros. The ability to remove the keyboard and still have a case on the iPad Pro is perfect for me at work and addresses one of the biggest complaints that I had with the Magic Keyboard. I don’t like the kickstand as the more laptop-like designs of the MK and Brydge Max, but it’s a fair tradeoff for everything else you get here.
Last, but definitely not least, I have the Leather Messenger Bag for iPad from Harber London. I’ve tested it out a little since it arrived late last week and insured that a few other devices, such as the Surface Pro 7, will fit. However, I figured I would wait for my new Pro to arrive to start taking it with me on a daily basis for review. I do know one thing just from taking it out of the packaging- the leather is beautiful and feels amazing.
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So now it’s time to go to work and get it all done so I can hit the road home and maybe get to do something with the new iPad Pro before closing my eyes tonight. Whether you are still waiting for a ship date, or waiting by the door for yours to arrive today, I hope all you iPad Pro fans have a great day.