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?
As expected, Apple has confirmed it will be holding a special media event next Tuesday, October 22. Invites went out yesterday to lucky media members and of course it’s widely expected that Apple will be unveiling new iPads at this event.
The event will start at 1PM Eastern on October 22 and Apple has not yet announced whether they’ll be doing a live stream during it.
The general consensus of rumors leading up to the announcement is that we’ll see a new slimmer, lighter iPad 5 and an iPad mini 2 with Retina display. Apple has not been able to keep too many secrets over the course of their last few big new product announcements, so I’d imagine these latest rumors won’t be very far off at all.
Other news that is likely or possible at the event may include word on new MacBook Pros and /or Mac Pro, OS X Mavericks, and possibly an update for Apple TV.
It’s Hurry Up and Wait time of year for iPad fans.
As the expected new iPads announcement event looms just a week away now, the rumors and leaks about the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2nd gen continue to spread.
A couple that have caught my eye this week relate to slight changes in size for both the iPad 5th gen and the iPad mini 2. The iPad 5 is expected to adopt a more ‘minified’ style and becom slightly slimmer and lighter. Along with this slimming down, Apple Insider reports that Apple will offer a new iPad Smart Cover to fit the new iPad 5.
While the iPad 5 gets trimmer, the iPad mini 2 is expected to get bigger – though only by a tiny bit – to be able to support a Retina display. MacRumors outlines how very small the iPad mini 2 size increase may be:
Some Chinese case-makers expect the new iPad mini to be roughly 0.3mm thicker than the current model, going from 7.2mm to 7.5mm, according to a report from Mac Otakara. The cases also indicate the device will be 0.2mm wider, growing from 134.7mm to some 134.9mm.
A number of iPad mini backplates, supposedly from the new device, have leaked over the past few months, with no hint that the size of the new mini will be different from the old one. However, given the small size changes in the new report — only 0.3mm difference in thickness — it would likely take a micrometer to notice any change.
Both of these latest rumors make good sense to me. A new Smart Cover seems a no-brainer as they’ve been popular and effective cases several generations of the iPad and iPad mini already. And the iPad mini being a little bit larger to handle Retina display would follow the precedent set when the iPad 3 went Retina.
iPad 5 render image above courtesy of Martin Hajek
Here’s some lovely eye candy for those of us who are already daydreaming about the upcoming iPad 5. The talented Martin Hajek has come up with a set of renders that show what the iPad 5 will look like in situ in an Apple store.
And they look like what we’ve ben lead to expect about the iPad 5th gen – a ‘minifed’ look and possibly that gold / champagne back as an option.
You can check out the whole series of iPad 5 in Store images at Hajek’s page for them – which has the excellent title of ‘No Australian Leaker Needed’.
The expected ‘mini style’ look for the soon-to-be-announced iPad 5 is looking pretty darn good in the latest ‘leaked’ high resolution photos of it. The photos come courtesy of Aussie writer Sonny Dickson and he’s got a number of high rez shots showing off the (alleged) new look of the 5th gen iPad.
What does ‘mini style’ mean for the iPad 5? Thinner, lighter and a little smaller in size. Add the new 64-bit Apple A7 processor and the iPad 5 is already sounding great.
Hopefully Apple will send out invites to confirm an October 22 new iPads announcement event on October 22, and confirm most or all of these latest rumors about a minified iPad 5 and a Retina iPad mini.
In the meantime, it’s definitely time to start fattening up the piggy bank for new iPad purchases in the next few weeks.