- Apr 12, 2001
With the release of iPadOS 13.4 in March 2020, Apple introduced official Bluetooth mouse and trackpad support for iPads. The update added support for Apple's own standalone keyboards, mice and trackpads, as well as third-party input devices. It also paved the way for the release of Apple's own Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, which launched ahead of schedule in late April.
Apple's new Magic Keyboard isn't the only iPad keyboard case with a built-in multi-touch trackpad, though. In this regularly updated article, we round up all the current all-in-one case options for iPad owners looking to take advantage of keyboard and trackpad input.
1. Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro
Starting with Apple's own, the $300 Magic Keyboard attaches magnetically to iPad Pro and includes a floating design that works on either a lap or a desk, and an integrated trackpad for controlling an onscreen pointer, which allows users to enhance their workflows in multiple ways.
The biggest complaint about the new Magic Keyboard has been the weight, which adds quite a lot of bulk to the iPad Pro. In fact, the 12.9-inch model paired with a Magic Keyboard is heavier than a MacBook Air.
2. Brydge Plus Pro Keyboard
Long before Apple introduced trackpad support in iOS 13.4, Brydge announced an iPad Pro keyboard with a built-in multi-touch trackpad. The trackpad was originally included to take advantage of the AssistiveTouch features in iPadOS, but now that Apple provides broader trackpad support, Brydge allows users to update their device's firmware to take advantage of the added functionality, using the Bridge Connect app.
The Brydge Plus Pro keyboard attaches to the iPad Pro using a set of hinges that allow the iPad Pro's angle to be adjusted to suit. Like the iPad Pro, it's made entirely from aluminum, so the two match up well.
There are cases available for the latest-generation 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models for $200 and $300 respectively, but unlike Apple's Magic Keyboard, the Brydge connects via Bluetooth 4.1 instead of the Smart Connector. As such, it has to be charged separately, and has an advertised three-month battery life per charge.
3. Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case with Trackpad for iPad, iPad Air, and 10.5-Inch iPad Pro
Logitech keyboard cases with built-in trackpads for the 10.2-inch iPad and the 10.5-inch iPad Air are both priced at $150. Thanks to design input from Apple, the keyboards connect to the Smart Connector on each iPad, meaning no batteries are required. The keyboard case for the 10.5-inch iPad Air is also compatible with the older 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
The full-sized keyboards feature an integrated trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support, backlit keys, a kickback stand with 50-degree tilt, and four usage modes for typing, viewing, reading, and sketching.
Design wise, the keyboard case has a Microsoft Surface look and feel to it thanks to the fabric build, offering full protection for the iPad except for the section where the keyboard connects. With the keyboard attached, the iPad is protected when the case is closed up and not in use.
4. Logitech Folio Touch Keyboard Case With Trackpad Designed for 11-inch iPad Pro
The Logitech Folio Touch is Logitech's first keyboard with trackpad designed for the 11-inch iPad Pro (2018 and 2020 models) and it serves as an alternative to Apple's own Magic Keyboard. Logitech previously released the Combo Touch, a keyboard with trackpad that works with the 7th-generation iPad, the iPad Air, and the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
Similar in design to the Combo Touch, the Folio Touch features a case that wraps around the iPad along with a laptop-like keyboard with a built-in trackpad that works with the iPad Pro's trackpad support. There's also an adjustable kickstand to allow for greater positioning flexibility, an Apple Pencil holder, and four use modes that include typing, viewing, sketching, and reading.
Logitech is selling the Folio Touch for $160. Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is much more expensive at $300, so the Folio Touch definitely has affordability in its corner.
5. Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard Case With Trackpad for 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021)
Logitech's Combo Touch Keyboard for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models announced in April 2021 offer a more affordable alternative to the Magic Keyboard that Apple sells.
Priced at $199 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $229 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Logitech Combo Touch Keyboard provides a full folio case with attached keyboard and touchpad that can be used with the new iPad models.
The keyboard is detachable and an integrated stand allows it to be used in various typing, viewing, sketching, and reading modes. It connects to an iPad Pro using the Smart Connector, so there's no need for pairing or charging a battery.
The Combo Touch is sized to fit Apple's newest iPads, with separate options available for older tablets. At $199 or $229, it is a good deal more affordable than Apple's Magic Keyboard, though there are sometimes deals available on the Magic Keyboard from third-party retailers.
The Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch iPad Pro is priced at $299, and the version for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is priced at $349. The Magic Keyboard is available both in black and white, with white being a new color option this year.
Logitech's Combo Touch only comes in gray. The 11-inch version can be purchased from the Logitech website, and a version for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is coming soon.
Brydge 12.9 Max+ (Coming June 2021)
Compatible with the third, fourth, and fifth-generation iPad Pro models, the Brydge 12.9 MAX+ is a Bluetooth keyboard case that connects to the back of the iPad Pro magnetically, similar to the Magic Keyboard, but it doesn't have the same elevated angling and instead uses a flatter, more typical laptop design.
The keyboard has a row of shortcut keys above the number row for controlling screen brightness, accessing media controls and emoji, and more. Meanwhile, the trackpad is much larger than the one on Apple's Magic Keyboard, and more comparable to the trackpad on the MacBook Pro.
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Note that this is a Bluetooth keyboard. In other words, it doesn't connect to the Smart Connector like the Magic Keyboard, so it will need to be manually charged at times. Shipping in June, the Brydge 12.9 MAX+ is priced at $250, which is $100 cheaper than Apple's Magic Keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The Brydge 12.9 Max+ will be available in space gray, silver, and black.
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