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Future iPads might get Surface-style keyboard covers, hint insiders

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Future iPads might get Surface-style keyboard covers, hint insiders
Fireside chats with insiders have revealed that Apple might be working on a keyboard cover for its upcoming iPads, similar to the Touch Cover ones that Microsoft made for the Surface tablets.

An ex-Apple employee posted on his blog that word with former colleagues hinted at a Bluetooth-enabled keyboard cover prototype being prepped for the iPad franchise. Now whether this accessory will see the light of day tomorrow, for the new iPad 5 and iPad mini 2, or at a later date, or at all, is mystery, as far as Apple's prototypes are concerned.

If it does, though, it will likely replace two of the current ones - the magnetic iPad cover and the Bluetooth keyboard. If the new keyboard cover sports Bluetooth 4.0 LE, then even better, as that will allow to not worry about endurance for about as long as you'll be realistically using your iPad.

source: JamieRyan via RedmondPie

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posted on 21 Oct 2013, 09:03 8

1. shahulvm (Posts: 116; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


in Simple Terms...."Shameless Copying"

In Technical Terms..."They make best use of technology available"

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 09:06 13

2. PAPINYC (Posts: 2283; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


No, in Simple Terms.... "Apple will sue Microsoft and claim that it's part of their paper napkin patent!"

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 12:35 2

16. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


So much for innovation... Sue the thieves and give them a dose of their own medicine!!!

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 13:17

24. brrunopt (Posts: 508; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


and every apple fanboy will claim how innovative it is, that Apple version was "done right" and that now that apple is doing it keyboards make sense in tablets...

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 23:15 1

29. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


That's not Simple Terms, that's biased terms. iPad accessory makers had keyboard covers and cases long before the Surface came out. Apple wouldn't be "Shamelessly Copying" here anymore than Microsoft did.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 09:17 1

3. jb_prince (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Aug 2013)


NO! Microsoft will SUE Apple for copying...

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 09:53 5

7. xfire99 (Posts: 512; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Nah, Apple will sue Microsoft and claim as theirs own innovation. We all know Apples tactics, u see something u like, claim it as u own and sue the hell out of the company. Only downside, Microsoft is also US company and ways wont go as Apple want. :)

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 15:38 2

27. ˇಠ_ಠˇ (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Definitely a total innovation. I have never seen anything like that before. #sarcasm

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 09:18 1

4. chunky1x (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Not only they copied the blue screen of death from Windows, now they are ripping off those crappy Surface covers too. Whats next, paid online multiplayer from the Xbox?

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 09:20 12

6. sri_tech (Posts: 188; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Even the most hardcore Microsoft haters did not call surface covers crappy.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 23:22

30. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Except that they are crappy. They're glorified touch keyboards. Using one isn't really an improvement over just typing on a touch screen. The only benefit is you don't have an on-screen keyboard taking up screen real estate. And you get that benefit at the cost of having to put the surface on a desk, since the one position kickstand doesn't support the tablet on a lap (unlike pretty much every iPad keyboard case). It's one step forward one step back, zero net benefit.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 09:19 4

5. PhoneCritic (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Everyone copies from everyone else in this field, which is why I believe Apple should stop these silly patent disputes. If true this would make Apple a seriously hypocritical- to say that others are violating its design concepts when it would be violating Microsoft design. I hope they don't By the way does anyone know if Microsoft holds a patent on this design or any other company?

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 23:24

31. stealthd (Posts: 967; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


When is the last time you actually heard about a new lawsuit Apple started? Seems like it's been over a year. All we've been hearing lately is updates on the coming Samsun damages trial, which isn't anything new.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 10:07

8. funchumm1206 (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


"cannot innovate anymore my @$$"- Schiller

If they will really rip off surface covers.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 10:17

9. rawbow (Posts: 427; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


As long as the implementation is different from the surface covers, not that microsoft didn't nail it with their product. Apple should think on better usage for that keyboard.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 10:35 4

10. Adrian38 (Posts: 128; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Another fine example of Apple's innovation...

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 10:35 1

11. greathero1 (Posts: 483; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


It would definitely be a welcomed addition because I have purchased 2 different keyboards and had to take both of them back because working with them was just too irritating. If they do decide to release them, hopefully they offer some manly colors as well and don't go in the direction of the iPhone 5C colors.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 11:11

12. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


this would be cool... they would have to attach some sort of kickstand to the back tho.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 12:56

17. tedkord (Posts: 4776; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'm sure they've already come up with that original idea for innovation.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 12:56

18. tedkord (Posts: 4776; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'm sure they've already come up with that original idea for innovation.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 12:05

13. willard12 (Posts: 796; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Adding a keyboard would be like combining a microwave and a refrigerator. ...or something like that , according to Tim Cook.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 12:12 1

14. verbalize (Posts: 84; Member since: 03 May 2013)


All of you sound like a bunch of little 12 year old girls. Sorry but keyboards with computers have been around for 30 years. Get over it! Get a life!

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 12:25

15. willard12 (Posts: 796; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


You're right. It sure does look like the CEO of Apple has gotten over it.

"Cook elaborated that converging the iPad with a laptop would result in tradeoffs, ones Apple isn't willing to make. "We are not going to that party, but others might from a defensive point of view."

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 12:57

19. tedkord (Posts: 4776; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


So have tablets.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 13:10

21. Sauce (unregistered)


We don't even know if these are true yet or what they will look like. Keyboard covers with bluetooth have been around since the beginning, yet you baboons are ranting based on an article headline. Le sigh.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 14:53

25. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Yeah, and rounded edge rectangular phones have also been around since the beginning, yet Apple is not hesitant to sue.

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 13:15

22. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1085; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Microsoft's CEO Mr Ballmer stated publically that the ipad would get Microsoft Office To
use Microsoft office correctly folks you need a good keyboard. it is interesting that part of the MS Surface technology has spilled over to the Ipad. HMM look for an Ipad with a built in kickstand coming soon

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 13:17 1

23. volcano (Posts: 254; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


First they copied windowsphone then copied nokia lumia then copy surface and apple call it innovation /facepalm

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 15:25

26. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Not surprised as Apple best at copying others!

posted on 21 Oct 2013, 20:11

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 11384; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Tomorrow is almost here.

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