Document seems to reveal a Microsoft built Touch Cover for the Apple iPad

Document seems to reveal a Microsoft built Touch Cover for the Apple iPad
Microsoft debuted the Surface Touch Cover in 2012. A combination cover/QWERTY, the accessory protected the tablet while at the same time it provided a flat, formless keyboard to help users type faster on the Surface tablet. But a flat typing surface was not good enough for most, so Microsoft came up with the Surface Type Cover. The Type Cover comes with buttons and keys making it more of a legitimate QWERTY keyboard for Surface users. And yes, it can double as a cover.

Microsoft now produces only the Type Cover for Surface users, but it doesn't appear that the Touch Cover is going away. A Microsoft report leaked today cites information about the transportation of Lithium batteries, and mentions a product from Microsoft called the iPad Touch Cover. Listed as model number 1719, the battery used with the iPad Touch Cover measures .814 watt hours per cell. That is equivalent to what you might find in those button cells found on glucometers and hearing aids. And ironically, Logitech's keyboard case for the iPad uses a similar battery button as well.

The thought is that Microsoft is going to sell a Touch Cover for the lower priced Apple iPad models. Since the iPad Pro uses a "Smart Connector" that plugs accessories directly into the tablet, we expect the crew in Redmond to stick to the lower end of the iOS tablet range. For Microsoft, offering a Touch Cover for the iPad could allow it to include a dedicated Cortana key to open the iOS app for the virtual assistant. Additionally, certain Office features could be set up to be a single tap away from opening. So far, there has been no word about this from the guys in Redmond.


source: WinFuture (translated) via WindowsCentral

FEATURED VIDEO

7 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's still going to be just a keyboard. Apple doesn't support mice on their touch displays so the trackpad is out.

2. Soundjudgment

Posts: 370; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

Apple should not only welcome this support from Redmond... they should give MS every tech-spec for being able to use the iPad Pro Smart-Connector with a 'Pro' version of this keyboard. They should also allow MS *sell* the keyboard in the Apple Store...much as Logitech does now.

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

After Windows Phone, Microsoft will screw the Surface line too.....damn this company is fully retarded.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How will they screw the Surface. Its already reached it maximum potential.

7. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Your comment just reinforced his... And it made no sense However I don't think Surface has reached its full potential... It can still bring many things to the table and there are some new possible form factors. Hopefully they still bring more innovation and polishing to this line.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I rather that make this for a Note tablet instead. At least the Note support Mice.

6. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Surface pro cover is cheaper and looks much better with wider color option too, what are u doin Apple?? At least i hope they made this to protect both sides.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.