Rumor: Apple Testing Keyboard Case for iPad 5

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One of the latest rumors leading up to Apple’s iPad announcement event today says that Apple is testing new ‘Surface-like’ keyboard cases for the new iPad 5 that’s expected to be unveiled at the event.

As MacRumors reports, at least one former Apple staffer thinks a new keyboard case could be announced alongside new iPads today:

According to ex-Apple Developer Relations employee and industry analyst Jamie Ryan (viaGizmodo UK), Apple has been testing a first-party keyboard case to be potentially released alongside the upcoming fifth-generation iPad. The case itself would reportedly be similar in nature to Microsoft’s Touch Cover, which is made for the Surface line of tablets.

I’ve been speaking to a couple of people at Apple for the last few days and they have told me that a case for the full size iPad that mimics Microsofts touch cover has been prototyped. It’s not clear whether the process is far enough along to make this Tuesdays event but they did say a few different styles had been in testing for a while.

This is an iPad rumor that doesn’t seem at all far fetched. A number of 3rd party vendors have been making iPad keyboard cases for years now. Some of them are very good too – like the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad mini shown above.

If Apple offers a keyboard case that rivals or betters some of those from companies like Logitech and ZAGG I’d definitely be interested in trying it out.

What do you all think? Would you be interested in an iPad 5 keyboard case?


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2 thoughts on “Rumor: Apple Testing Keyboard Case for iPad 5”

  1. The first thing I did when I got my used iPad 2 was buy a Bluetooth keyboard. The onscreen keyboard is awful. This is a good move on Apple’s part, but I can’t wait to see how much they charge for it.

  2. This would actually be a compelling reason for me to upgrade my iPad 3 to an IPad 5. (Along with getting an iPad mini)

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