Apple on Tuesday expanded its Smart Keyboard lineup for the iPad Pro to include international layouts, supporting Arabic, British English and Italian.
Launched through Apple’s regional websites, and available in both 9.7- and 12.9-inch sizes, the new Smart Keyboard variants collectively comprise the first update to the iPad Pro accessory since its debut last year. Prior to today’s release, customers looking to purchase a first-party keyboard were limited to the standard U.S. English layout.
The new international Smart Keyboard models are said to be manufactured from the same materials used in the U.S version, including a soft polyurethane outer layer and microfiber interior. AppleInsider reports that while it hasn’t been confirmed, it is believed the new keyboards use the same dome key switches found in the U.S. version, covered by a protective canopy of spill-proof woven nylon.
The Apple Smart Keyboard was the first to offer support for the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector port, eliminating the need for a Bluetooth connection, or an internal battery to power the keyboard. The accessory both connects to, and takes its power from, the iPad Pro via the Smart Connector. It debuted alongside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in September 2015.
The new Smart Keyboard layouts are available through regional Apple.com web stores, and are priced similar to the original U.S. layout version. The new keyboards are available for both 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.