Ironing your iPad Pro Smart keyboard
Putting a hot iron against your $140 iPad Pro Smart keyboard might not seem like a particularly smart move. Still, that’s what I did. Like so many iPad owners I got the dreaded “This accessory is not supported by this device” message about a month ago. At first I was wondering if the neighbors had found a way to hack my bluetooth and were trying to pair an unsupported device, but this conspiracy theory didn’t hold up. It was simply my iPad Pro Smart keyboard that was giving up the ghost.
Soon the keyboard was recognized less than half of the time before it completely quit. Without any warranty left on my keyboard I had free reign on trying to find a fix. I soon ruled out that it was software related and I tried out some of the hardware “solutions” out there. Bending the area around the pins and even “remagnetizing” the little strip above the keys. Non worked.
Until I ran across this little youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuL6rGZ5f_4 It has no sound, is only 14 seconds long without any instructions. It seemed like a long shot, but hey, I had nothing to loose.
And so from among the spiderwebs I found my steam iron, heated it up and spend a good 2 minutes massaging the entire area above the keyboard. No luck. But hey, I still had nothing to loose and having just rediscovered my old iron I tried it a second time. This time I also decided to use it on the bottom side of the keyboard.
Without much expectation I clicked the iPad into the Smart keyboard, and it worked. But I know how these things go, simply because it works once, doesn’t mean it will work again. And so for the next few minutes I connected and disconnected the keyboard. Several hours later I’m still enjoying a fully functioning Smart keyboard. For how long, I don’t know.
Now I wouldn’t recommend ironing out your Smart keyboard before you have tried any of the alternative. And definitely don’t do it if you still have warranty. But, if you’re like me and have nothing to loose…. than find that iron in the back of your closet and give this a try!
PS. I wrote this on my ironed out Smart keyboard!
UPDATE: After several hours the keyboard stopped working. Heating it up with the iron started it up again. This doesn’t seem like a reliable solution. The guys from ifix have done a tear down and it shows that the foldable area between the keyboard and the pins is made of something they call “fabric strips” made of some “conductive” material. (https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Smart+Keyboard+Teardown/53052) Somehow the heat seems to temporarily fix the connection problem.