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In the comments under an answer on another question, a user commented that the Smart Connector on an iPad (7th generation) is
“not a charging system”
“the (Apple Smart) keyboard doesn’t charge by the smart connector. The
keyboard is changed by the usb-c port. The iPad is charged via the
usb-c port and pass-through charging thru the smart connector.”
However, at least one (non-Apple) keyboard appears to both pair and charge via the Smart Connector:
Rugged Folio for iPad (7th and 8th generation) is a slim keyboard case
with drop protection that exceeds military standard tests. It uses
Smart Connector technology so no pairing or charging is required. High
performance spill and dirt-resistant sealed keys make this the perfect
tool for on-the-go work. Enjoy a full-size keyboard with convenient
iOS® shortcut keys, front and back protection for your iPad, and a
convenient spot to stow Logitech Crayon or Apple Pencil® (1st gen).
So my questions:
- Does either the Smart Keyboard Folio or Smart Keyboard charge via the Smart Connector? Is the answer different on the 7th generation and 8th generation iPads?
- If the answer to 1 is “Yes”, does the 8th generation iPad use the same connector to charge the Apple Pencil 2, or does it use a separate magnetic induction system to do that? (Note that the 8th gen iPad is compatible with the Pencil 2, even though the 7th gen is not.) If the latter, is there a reason why? It seems weirdly redundant to build two different systems for charging accessories into the sides of the iPad.