Apple launches international Smart Keyboards for iPad Pro


Apple today launched new international versions of its Smart Keyboard accessory for iPad Pro previously only available in a U.S. English layout.

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Available for both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, Apple now offers the Smart Keyboard accessory with localized layouts including British English, French, Spanish, Korean, Italian and Arabic, among others.  

The new localized layouts include various differences similar to those available for the company’s Apple Wireless keyboards for Macs, while the new Arabic keyboard brings full support for the right-to-left language to Pad Pro. Apple earlier this year debuted a new Arabic version of with right-to-left reading support and it previously introduced comprehensive right-to-left language support for iOS with iOS 9.

You can already select the new layouts when purchasing the Smart Keyboard on Apple’s website in countries where available in addition to the previous US English layout.

Here’s a closer look at the Arabic version:


The company launched the smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro model with the detachable Smart Keyboard accessory earlier this year following the launch of the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro in September. In its Q3 earrings report, CEO Tim Cook attributed ‘best iPad growth’ in 10 quarters to iPad Pro, which included revenue growth of 7 percent despite an overall decline in unit sales. Apple continued its lead of the worldwide tablet market last quarter as number two Samsung experienced an even larger decline in sales. 

Yesterday Apple released the latest ad campaign for the device with a new commercial positioning iPad Pro as a full-fledged computer.

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