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Apple debuts Arabic, British English and Italian Smart Keyboard layouts

Nearly one year after Apple introduced the U.S. version of its Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro, the company on Tuesday expanded the accessory lineup 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.

Like the original, Apple's international models are constructed from premium materials like a soft-feel polyurethane outer layer and microfiber interior. While not confirmed, the accessory is thought to employ the same dome key switches found on the U.S. version, covered by a protective canopy of spill-proof woven nylon.

Each of the new Smart Keyboard layouts, available through regional Apple.com web stores, are priced commensurate to the original version.

Apple first announced Smart Keyboard alongside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in September of 2015. The first accessory to boast support for Apple's Smart Connector port, the keyboard does not require a Bluetooth radio or an internal power supply to operate, making it ideal for on-the-go use.

A smaller iteration was subsequently introduced when Apple took the wraps off the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in March.