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Apple is working on an iPad keyboard that includes a built-in trackpad, reports The Information, citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans.

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Apple has reportedly been experimenting with trackpads for the iPad for a "number of years." Some of the prototypes have featured capacitive keys, though it is not known if this feature is in the finished product. The Information's source says that the keyboard will be made from materials similar to those in Apple's current Smart Keyboard Folio designed for the iPad Pro.

Apple is preparing the keyboard for mass production at the current time, and is expected to release the new accessory alongside the next version of the iPad Pro. Current rumors suggest the iPad Pro could be refreshed as soon as March, and Apple is expected to hold a March event (perhaps on March 31) to announce new devices.

If Apple does indeed unveil a new iPad Pro in March, we could see the rumored keyboard released at the same time. Up until now, all of Apple's Smart Keyboards designed for use with iPads have only featured standard keyboard keys. A version with a trackpad would need to be significantly overhauled to make space for the trackpad design.

Back in January, Taiwanese site DigiTimes said that Apple is working on a Smart Keyboard with backlit keys and scissor switches, so it's possible that the upcoming Smart Keyboard with trackpad will also have these features.

Article Link: Apple to Release iPad Pro Smart Keyboard With Trackpad in 2020
 

UltimateSyn

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I wonder if it will fit onto the 2018 iPad Pros. Presumably it would, just with a comically large cutout for the single camera lens.
 

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And they’re going to release AirPower tomorrow.
And they’re going to lower the HomePod’s price to $99.99.
And they’re going to release a new iMac with a 32 inch screen.
And they’re going to start including the Pro stand with every product.
I like listing things that would never happen
 

Freeangel1

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the iPad is gonna kill sales of MacBooks and MacBook pro's

Why pay huge amounts of money for a MacBook Pro when 5mm ARM iPads are just as powerful and same cost as a MacBook and half the cost of a MacBook Pro.
 

metalsiren

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Yea they would have to update the mouse experience on iOS. It’s not bad but the circle is stupid, the need to do it like android.
 
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fokmik

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So the ipados is more and more to an macos
Now keyboard will get trackpad like an macbook
I mean ..why build and spend money to build a macbook clone ..instead to go forward with the macs
 

Falhófnir

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the iPad is gonna kill sales of MacBooks and MacBook pro's

Why pay huge amounts of money for a MacBook Pro when 5mm ARM iPads are just as powerful and same cost as a MacBook and half the cost of a MacBook Pro.
Doubtful, but if they find a way of smoothly incorporating more Mac functionality into iPad OS it could become a better basic computing device for some people certainly, which I thinks a good thing, always nice to have options! :)
 
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