brydge pro keyboard with trackpad for 11 inch and 12.9 pro

sparksd

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It looks good but $230 is just too steep. Can't tell if the keyboard detaches or if you have to fully remove the iPad from the case.
 

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I'm pretty sure, though I haven't pre-ordered. My plan is to make my IPP 12.9 my primary mobile computing device (serious dev work will remain non-mobile :D) Apparently the initial run is only in space gray, so I kind of want to wait and score in the correct, matches-my-iPad silver. I'm hoping the continued improvements for input devices with iPadOS will make this a slick package.

If it's like the existing model (without the TP), the main component is one piece, plus a magnetic rear cover for the device, so you pretty much have to use it as a single combined unit.

Reviews of the current model are pretty good, typical spread of it's awesome and it's junk :D I guess it takes a good bit of force to get it into the hinges. but it sounds like it holds up pretty well.

Too bad it won't be out till late March (no idea about the silver), I'm going to be traveling early March, I'd LOVE to have it then.
 

The Game 161

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Probably if no new iPad is announced, You said you didn't want to pay 300 for a keyboard?
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It only has a back cover, you just pull it out.
I wouldn’t if I were to keep my laptop. If I replaced my laptop with the iPad then I would consider it for I’m waiting to see what keyboard Apple brings out for the next version. If it’s the Sissor switch keyboard that has a trackpad I would have to think long and hard about it...
 

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I wouldn’t if I were to keep my laptop. If I replaced my laptop with the iPad then I would consider it for I’m waiting to see what keyboard Apple brings out for the next version. If it’s the Sissor switch keyboard that has a trackpad I would have to think long and hard about it...
cant imagine apple would ever make a keyboard with trackpad for iPad
 

The Game 161

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cant imagine apple would ever make a keyboard with trackpad for iPad
Maybe not no, I think scissor switch keyboard will be about it the rest they will expect one to buy the macbook.

I’m interested though with how the bridge keyboard connects will they need to make a new one for the 2020 ipads pros? I’m guessing it should work on the new ones too.
 

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I've already bought one. They had a preorder a while back. Should have it by the end of the month (or not). As far as it being obsolete shortly, the design isn't that bad in regards to accomodating minor iPad design changes. Also, there's always this type of dilemma because Apple has a tight upgrade cycle (how they take so much of our money). I can't afford to upgrade my iPad anyway. Software is also sort of a limiting factor at this point.

I like the company. I've owned one of their keyboards previously, and it was great. It did however, suffer the fate you guys are contemplating ;)
 
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I've already bought one. They had a preorder a while back. Should have it by the end of the month. As far as it being obsolete shortly, the design isn't that bad in regards to accomodating minor iPad design changes. Also, there's always this type of dilemma because Apple has a tight upgrade cycle (how they take so much of our money). I can't afford to upgrade my iPad anyway. Software is also sort of a limiting factor at this point.
I think the only issue you may have is with the back plate, if Apple does indeed change the camera. If you don't mind leaving the magnetic back plate off, then no big deal.

I'll be curious if Brydge offers new design plates to customers.

I wonder because I asked if it was possible to get another backplate ( In some pics, some have a plate with the Brydge logo in red, which mine didn't come with. I just inquired to see if there was an option to get that one. ), and was told...

Brydge Customer Support said:
Unfortunately we do not. The magnetic covers only come with the purchase of a 12.9 Pro, or an 11.0 Pro.

If there is anything else that I can help you with, please do let me know.
 

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I've already bought one. They had a preorder a while back. Should have it by the end of the month (or not). As far as it being obsolete shortly, the design isn't that bad in regards to accomodating minor iPad design changes. Also, there's always this type of dilemma because Apple has a tight upgrade cycle (how they take so much of our money). I can't afford to upgrade my iPad anyway. Software is also sort of a limiting factor at this point.

I like the company. I've owned one of their keyboards previously, and it was great. It did however, suffer the fate you guys are contemplating ;)
Will look forward to your thoughts as it does look good
 

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anybody going to get one?
The bridge keyboard is just too heavy. The hinge also is a problem. The replacement rubber hinge clips cost £20 and are not the easiest to install. They split easily I found when taking the iPad in and out. Taking the iPad in and out of it was also not that easy as need to line it up well.Shame really as I liked the keyboard due to its looks and the backlit keyboard. The typing experience was quite good also as was the differing viewing angles. For the price though it is not worth it. However, I hope to be proven wrong when I see the first set of reviews. All in all I ended up going back to the Apple Smart Keyboard as is light and easy to use. Waiting for the upgraded apple Smart Keyboard which is supposed to have backlit keyboard.
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I think it needs to be heavy, otherwise it's off balance. As far as replacement rubber, at least you can replace it.
 
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I think the only issue you may have is with the back plate, if Apple does indeed change the camera. If you don't mind leaving the magnetic back plate off, then no big deal.

I'll be curious if Brydge offers new design plates to customers.

I wonder because I asked if it was possible to get another backplate ( In some pics, some have a plate with the Brydge logo in red, which mine didn't come with. I just inquired to see if there was an option to get that one. ), and was told...
I saw one review where the backplate started off with a black logo and then had a red logo at the end of the review. I figured that the reviewer just applied the sticker that came with the Brydge keyboard to the backplate. I had a sticker in my box like that. So I think that’s all it is and that none of them came with a red logo.
 
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Waiting for the upgraded apple Smart Keyboard which is supposed to have backlit keyboard.
Are you expecting a new Apple iPad Pro keyboard to be backward compatible with the current iPad Pro’s?

I’m not unfortunately. I really hope I’m wrong.
 
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I don't think the form factor of the new iPad Pros will change - the current design has received almost unanimous praise and is only a couple of years old.

Apple do seem to be listening to iPad Pro users and have made steps in the right direction with iPadOS, so I'm kind of optimistic that they will improve pointer support and maybe that will happen with some new products with built-in trackpads?

For a lot of people I do think that could make the Pro a much more capable laptop replacement given the amount of time spent in web browsers for example.
 
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I don't think the form factor of the new iPad Pros will change - the current design has received almost unanimous praise and is only a couple of years old.

Apple do seem to be listening to iPad Pro users and have made steps in the right direction with iPadOS, so I'm kind of optimistic that they will improve pointer support and maybe that will happen with some new products with built-in trackpads?

For a lot of people I do think that could make the Pro a much more capable laptop replacement given the amount of time spent in web browsers for example.
The new camera will change the back. Besides the increase in lens layout space, I believe it also requires moving one of the internal magnets.
 
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Yep. Giving Apple an excuse why the new keyboard won’t be compatible. Pfft.
 

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Yep. Giving Apple an excuse why the new keyboard won’t be compatible. Pfft.
It's something I always factor in when looking at upgrades - the cost of replacing peripherals. I have several cases, including the Logitech Slim Folio Pro, that would no longer work. Ka-ching! At least I've already made the USB-C jump.
 

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The new camera will change the back. Besides the increase in lens layout space, I believe it also requires moving one of the internal magnets.
Yes, I meant the overall dimensions of the iPad Pro itself rather than the camera array - so keyboards like the Brydge would still fit (albeit you might have to buy a new back cover), but with some of the others you'd be out of luck unfortunately.
 

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Yes, I meant the overall dimensions of the iPad Pro itself rather than the camera array - so keyboards like the Brydge would still fit (albeit you might have to buy a new back cover), but with some of the others you'd be out of luck unfortunately.
I saw somewhere where Brydge said they would not be selling the back covers separately.

Edit - somewhere -- https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/brydge-pro-keyboard-with-trackpad-for-11-inch-and-12-9-pro.2222969/post-28209107
 
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The Game 161

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Yes, I meant the overall dimensions of the iPad Pro itself rather than the camera array - so keyboards like the Brydge would still fit (albeit you might have to buy a new back cover), but with some of the others you'd be out of luck unfortunately.
So you think the new pro’s would fit this keyboard?
 

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So you think the new pro’s would fit this keyboard?
There hasn't been any rumors of a MAJOR redesign of iPads, so there's no reason to expect any physical changes besides the camera. The keyboard should still work, unless for some reason Apple goes in an opposite direction and makes a thicker iPad. So the only thing likely to be affected is the magnetic backplate that comes with every Brydge, but customer service says they don't sell separately.

That will be a customer shortcoming they have to eventually address.
 
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NO. I hate the Brydge design that precludes using an iPad case (Apart from their own).

I had a Brydge for the 10.5” iPad Pro and the keyboard sucked. You have to press down too hard on the keys. As a consequence, I kept missing letters.