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The new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio will only be compatible with the newest iPad Pro tablets

By Kenny Yeo - on 31 Oct 2018, 8:29pm

The new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio will only be compatible with the newest iPad Pro tablets

Yesterday, Apple announced the new iPad Pro, which boasts Apple’s newest A12X Bionic chip, a Liquid Retina-class display, and a thinner and lighter design.

Along with the new iPad Pro, Apple also announced the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio. Many were curious if these new devices would be compatible with older iPad Pro tablets and also if their Apple Pencils and Smart Keyboards will be compatible with the newer iPad Pro. The answer, sadly, is no.

The new Apple Pencil will only be compatible with the new 11-inch and 3rd generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Likewise, the old Apple Pencil will not work on these new tablets too.

And because of the relocation of the Smart Connector on the new iPad Pro, the new Smart Keyboard Folio will not be compatible with older iPad Pro models too. It won’t work on the 9.7-inch iPad that was announced earlier this year either. Consequently, you can’t use your old Smart Keyboard on the new iPad Pro either.

The new Apple Pencil is flat on one side to prevent it from rolling away.

Seeing that the old Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard were pretty pricey accessories, this news comes as a bit of a bummer. If you want to use a pen-like input device with Apple’s latest iPad Pro tablets, you have no couch but to pony up for the new Apple Pencil. But for typists, you might want to invest in a portable Bluetooth keyboard instead. Admittedly, it’s far clunkier but at least you don’t have to worry about it not being compatible with future iPad tablets.

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