Category Archives: iPad Accessories

Satechi X1 Keyboard and Aluminum Desktop Stand Together

Are You Looking For a Space Gray Keyboard Since Apple Killed Theirs?

Satechi X1 Keyboard and Aluminum Desktop Stand Together

I saw the news last week that Apple is pulling the plug on its Space Gray computer accessories following the demise of the iMac Pro. Getting rid of the computer makes sense now that the company came out with the Mac Pro in late 2019 and is also in the midst of transitioning to a new processor platform. However, I can’t understand the reasoning behind killing off the popular accessories that came out alongside the iMac Pro.
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New Third Party Keyboard Cases With Trackpads Are Showing Up for the iPad Pro

Keyboard cases used to be one of the most popular third party accessory categories for Apple tablets. From 2011 to 2017, this was a booming field with several companies like Belkin, Logitech and ZAGG offering strong alternatives for all models of iPad.

However, they haven’t taken off quite the same way for the iPad Pro, as Apple introduced the Smart Connector and its own keyboard product in the Smart Keyboard. There were at least a few third party options for the first two generations of the iPad Pro, but new models became scarce after Apple’s major redesign came in 2018. Other than a couple of options from Logitech and Brydge, the well seemed to dry up for newer iPad Pros.

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Looks Like the Current Magic Keyboards Won’t Work With the New 12.9″ iPad Pros

Magic Keyboard Side

Really, Apple?

I guess this falls under Apple not being able to see into the future. That, or maybe they just have a cynical view of how it relates to products. Either way, according to a report from French site iGeneration (via 9to5Mac), Apple’s current 12.9″ Magic Keyboards that were released just over a year ago will not fit the just-announced 2021 12.9″ iPad Pro. That’s not the news I was looking for today.

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It’s About Time For An Apple Pencil Upgrade

Will it arrive this Spring?

For an accessory many thought Apple would never touch after Steve Jobs’ famous comments mocking the stylus, the Apple Pencil has certainly become a mainstay. It has spread from the original iPad Pro to the iPad , the iPad Air updates and even the iPad Mini. It’s pretty much the only thing that all models of the iPad have in common besides iPadOS, even if the compatible model differs between them.

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Brydge Pro+ Keyboard

A Week After I Gave Up on Brydge and Their Pro+ Keyboard, They Finally Start Moving Forward Again

Brydge Pro+ Keyboard

A few weeks ago, I was looking through some of my older devices and accessories and decided to clean house a bit. Anything I didn’t need was either offered up here for the cost of shipping, or on eBay. My Brydge Pro+ has been collecting dust for several months now, so it definitely made the list.

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Harber London iPad Carry-All Folio

Review: Harber London Carry-All iPad Folio

Harber London iPad Carry-All Folio

I’ve always been a sucker for quality leather cases and bags. I’ve owned and reviewed several over the years from high-quality brands like Vaja, Piel Frama, Pad and Quill and Twelve South. However, I never get tired of discovering new brands and products that I’ve never had the pleasure of trying out. I had just such an opportunity recently when a representative from Harber London reached out to see if I would be interested in reviewing one of their leather iPad cases.

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Smart Keyboard Folio

How About a Smart Keyboard Folio Redesign, Apple?

Smart Keyboard Folio

Especially if it bring us features from the new Magic Keyboard

After a few weeks with the Magic Keyboard and getting past issues with battery drain and the form factor not being perfect for my use at work, I still really like it. While keyboard isn’t my favorite, it is a huge step up from the Smart Keyboard’s butterfly mechanism. Add in a backlight and a good trackpad and it is a pleasure to use, where the alternative was always a chore for me. I am doing a lot of my writing with the Magic Keyboard and using it often at home.

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Magic Keyboard Side

Magic Keyboard Battery Drain- Is Software to Blame?

Magic Keyboard Side

I’ve written pretty extensively about my battery life issues with Apple’s Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro at this point, both here and here. I started noticing issues within the first week of owning and writing about the keyboard case, but things got worse as time went on and I used it more, so I started paying closer attention and then specifically trying to test and isolate the cause of the problem.

In my case, the cause was related to my first Magic Keyboard’s hardware. I say that confidently now because my battery performance using a second Magic Keyboard has been far better. As I said in the previous article covering my testing, I don’t think the problem I experienced is widespread. I also know that such issues often occur during the first run of a new hardware product. Apple is taking good care of other users I’ve heard from who have also experienced hardware problems and I feel confident they will work the early kinks out of production and prevent this in the future.

However, there is another more common issue causing iPad Pro batteries to drain while using a Magic Keyboard. I haven’t covered this before because it wasn’t the source of the problems that I saw, but many Magic Keyboard users are finding that the backlight is staying on when the keyboard isn’t in use. In some cases, even when the case is closed. I have read a few reports of this over the last two weeks, but I would like to thank Federico Viticci (@viticci) for pointing out his experience with this on Twitter yesterday.

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Brydge Pro+

Brydge’s Pro+ Keeps Taking Baby Steps, But Still Needs to Make a Leap

Brydge Pro+

I got my Brydge Pro+ keyboard with trackpad for the iPad Pro right on the heels of my Magic Keyboard a few weeks ago. The backlit keyboard and overall hardware quality are great, which is what I expect after owning and using a Brydge Pro for months before this. However, what everyone wants to know about is the Pro+’s new trackpad.

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Magic Keyboard

Living with the Magic Keyboard and the iPad Pro: Not Quite Magic, But Good Enough

Magic Keyboard

I’ve been writing about the Magic Keyboard for a full three weeks, covering the good, the bad and the battery life. After spending a few days with my second one (see here for my reason for getting a replacement), now it’s time to put a bow on things and wrap up my final thoughts on the device.

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Brydge Pro+ Keyboard

Brydge Updates the Pro+ Firmware Again: It’s Getting Better Slowly

Brydge Pro+

So I’ll give Brydge credit for one thing. They are working really fast to try to get the Pro+’s trackpad working better. They shipped their second firmware update for the device today, courtesy of their free Brydge Connect app. If you have a Pro+, just update the app in the App Store, run it with your Pro+ plugged into a power supply and run the update.

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