- 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.
Article Link: All the iPad Trackpad Keyboard Cases You Can Buy