The best Apple keyboards deals in February 2023

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The best Apple keyboards deals could save you some money on a very useful accessory for your Mac or iPad. Apple keyboards aren't cheap, and Apple doesn't tend to run sales itself, but you can sometimes find a discount through third-party retailers. In this roundup, we're tracking the best prices on all of the Apple keyboards to make that easier.

Below, we look at the specs and compatibility of the different Apple keyboards (both Magic Keyboards and Smart Keyboards) and we link directly to the retailers with the best Apple keyboard prices in your area. Whether you're looking to turn your iPad into a super-portable laptop or give yourself a more comfortable typing experience on your Mac, you should be able to find a deal for you below. Note that confusingly, Apple has named its keyboard for the Mac and iPad the same thing: the Magic Keyboard, so make sure you're buying the right one!

If you want to make more savings across Apple's range of products, see our guide to the best Apple deals. And if you're studying, don't miss our guide on how to get an Apple student discount

The best Apple keyboards deals

Apple keyboards for iPads

Product shot of Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad ProCB

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Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro and iPad Air

The best Apple keyboards for the iPad Pro and iPad Air

Compatible with: 12.9-inch fits iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th gen); 11-inch fits iPad Pro 11 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th gen)

Well-designed with solid build
Adjustable positions
Trackpad included
More expensive than third-party options

If you want the best possible keyboard for your iPad Pro or iPad Air, the Apple Magic Keyboard is the answer. It effectively turns your tablet into a super-portable laptop. It doesn't come cheap, especially if you want the 12.9-inch version, but it provides a brilliant typing experience and a trackpad that will save you from having to constantly tap at the screen. 

Available in black and white, the Magic Keyboard comes with a USB-C port to allow easy charging, and its beautiful 'floating' cantilever design lets you easily adjust it to the position you want. The price listed above is for the 11-inch iPad Pro version, but our price comparison widget below also has details of the best 12-9-inch deals. In both cases, the keyboards will fit the new 2022 iPad Pros as well as previous generations. See our Magic Keyboard for iPad review for more on this piece of kit.

If you want a keyboard that also offers protection, there's also the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio. See our guide to the best iPad Pro cases for that and other options.

Product shot of Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad (10th gen, 2022)

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Apple Magic Keyboard Folio for iPad (10th gen, 2022)

An Apple keyboard for the 2022 iPad

Compatible with : iPad (10th gen, 2022)

Protects the iPad
More affordable than Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro
Full-size keyboard with trackpad
Cheaper iPad keyboards available

At 10.9 inches, Apple's new 2022 iPad is slightly larger than the models we've seen in previous years, so it needs its own Apple Keyboard. The option Apple's offering is new Magic Keyboard Folio for iPad. Coming in white only, it has a built-in trackpad and a 14-key function row like the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard above. As well as including a detachable keyboard, it also services to protect the device, with a protective back panel that attaches magnetically and serves as an adjustable stand.

Product shot of Smart Keyboard for iPad

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Smart Keyboard for iPad (iPad 10.2, up to 9th gen)

A cheaper Apple keyboard for the entry-level iPad

Compatible with : iPad (7th, 8th, 9th gen) iPad Air (3rd gen) iPad Pro 10.5‑inch

Slim and light 
Cheaper than the Magic Keyboards available for other iPads
Offers some protection for the tablet
No trackpad or function keys

The Smart Keyboard is a great Apple keyboard option if you have a standard iPad or a slightly older iPad Air or iPad Pro. It's more affordable than its newer siblings but still offers a comfortable typing experience, although it doesn't have a trackpad or function keys. It connects to the iPad via the Smart Connector and folds to create a slim, lightweight cover.

Apple keyboards for Macs

Product shot of Magic Keyboard for Mac, one of the best Apple keyboardsCB endorsed

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Magic Keyboard for Mac

The best Apple keyboard for Macs

Compatible with: macOS 10.12.4 or later, iOS 10.3 or later

Sleek design
Improved performance
Two variations to choose from
Expensive

If you're after the best keyboard for your Mac, meanwhile, you need look no further than the sleek Apple Magic Keyboard. It's lightweight but sturdy, and it comes either with or without a numeric keypad – we're not sure who uses the numeric keypad, but the option is there.

This is a quality keyboard with an improved scissor mechanism underneath each key. This results in a better, more comfortable typing experience and increased stability. The device pairs automatically with your Mac, so there's no wasting time there, and the super long-lasting battery should let you type away for at least a month before you need to charge it. 

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Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie Hughes is Editor at Creative Bloq. One of the original CB crew, Kerrie joined the team back in 2013 after moving from her role as staff writer on 3D World. Since then she's written regularly for other creative publications. Kerrie's work for Creative Bloq involves managing the team and the site's content, developing and maintaining commercial partnerships, and finding innovative ways to bring Creative Bloq's audience the content they're looking for.

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