iPad Microsoft Touch Cover for Ipad 4

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  1. EvilSmiley macrumors member

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    Hi All,

    I tried searching the forum but could not find any thread related to this topic so decided to open one (what the hec*, it's monday :)). So i wanted to buy a cover with keyboard for my ipad wanted to get a decent one, and i particularly like the surface's touch cover. I was wondering if touch cover will work with Ipad (4th generation). Has any one successfully paired it with ipad ? Please post your thoughts/Helps.

    Thanks
    Evil-Smiley ;)
     
  2. Zerilos macrumors 6502a

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    They are not compatible. The Touch Cover is not usuable via BlueTooth and is physically connected to the Surface via it's propriatatry charging port. It might be possibly to attach as USB adapter to your iPad and then plug it in to the Surface with the Surace charging/data cable, but I doubt that would even work.
     
  3. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Beyond everything else, its a different size so it would make an awful iPad cover.
     
  4. sracer macrumors 603

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    As the others have said, the two are not compatible. I have both a Surface RT w/TouchCover and an iPad4 w/Logitech Ultrathin keyboard cover.

    I have found that the Ultrathin keyboard for the iPad is a very nice high quality option for the iPad. The big issue with using a keyboard with the iPad is the expectation of having a mouse/trackpad. Typing on the keyboard feels so natural that you'll find yourself reaching for or wishing for a mouse/trackpad.

    The TouchCase for the Surface is surprisingly well done. The fact that the touchpad is multitouch is just icing on the cake.
     
  5. b52hbuff macrumors newbie

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    New news, hot off the presses...
    http://www.zdnet.com/new-microsoft-surface-peripherals-steal-the-launch-show-7000021026/

    Microsoft released a bluetooth adapter for the type covers.
     
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  7. sracer macrumors 603

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    I know it's fun to take a cheap shot at Microsoft, but they did sell 1.2million Surface tablets. Certainly minuscule compared to the number of iPads sold, but they DID sell over a million.
     
  8. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    Is that sales or shipments? The Ngage shipped 400,000 units (claimed as sold), but in reality not even 100,000 had actually hit consumers.
     
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    And they took a 900+ million write down for unsold stuff.
     
  11. sracer macrumors 603

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    Your original point was that they didn't sell "millions". They did indeed sell over a million.

    But if you want to continue to bash Microsoft go ahead... :rolleyes:
     
  12. phr0ze macrumors 6502a

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    Umm, but they didn't sell millions.
     
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    IMO it is worth the $199 for the 32GB RT w/TouchCase they've been firesaled.
    MicroSD card and full USB support is really outstanding. I was able to simply connect my Blue Yeti microphone and it works... In contrast I needed to buy a powered USB hub and the USB dongle to get it to work with my iPad 4.
     
  15. E.Lizardo macrumors 65816

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    And they took a 900 MILLION dollar loss on them.

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    As has been pointed out,1.2 million is not millions.
     
  16. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    That is what they stated. Most likely they inflated the number to make their financials look better when they begin the next accounting cycle in 2014.
     
  17. fteoath64 macrumors regular

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    It is not bashing but just stating actual numbers. They sold 300K of combined Surface + Surface PRO and shipped 1.2m to the retail channels. This means lots of returns from the channels. That really accounts for the $950M write downs. So BB has the same issues with their inventory recently. It is a brutal market out there.
     
  18. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

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    Oh yeah? Huh, the Blue Snowball mic works right into a usb adapter without needing a powered hub.
     
  19. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    No it wont work

    The Touch Cover won't work as an iPad cover because the attachment method is all wrong.

    If you don't want to use it as a cover, but as a stand-alone input device, you're still screwed. Even if that bluetooth adapter works, Apple has not exposed a mouse/trackpad API to app developers, so the trackpad portion will not work.

    At best you'll have a floppy cover-shaped keyboard with nonfunctional trackpad that doesn't work as a cover.
     
  20. sracer macrumors 603

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    Yeah, I was surprised too. After running into a problem with the Blue Yeti, I did some searching on the net and discovered that others have the same problem... something about the additional circuitry in the Yeti draws more power than the iPad delivers.

    After adding a powered USB hub into the mix, things worked beautifully... which just made me more sad that it needed the powered hub.
     

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