Should Apple make a first party iPad keyboard?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ra4oasis, Aug 23, 2015.

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Should Apple make a first party iPad keyboard?

Poll closed Sep 20, 2015.
  1. Yes, with a kickstand & cover built in, sort of like what the Surface has.

    24 vote(s)
    51.1%
  2. Yes, but just make it thin and portable so it will work with any existing case.

    14 vote(s)
    29.8%
  3. No, there are good enough third party keywords already.

    9 vote(s)
    19.1%
  1. cynics macrumors G3

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    #2
    I think they should only if it offers better integration. Like a send button for message app and things like that.
     
  2. bufffilm macrumors 68040

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    Apple would be late to the game if they made a keyboard option now. For that reason, I highly doubt it would happen. Not much profit, either.

    For an iPad pro...that's a different story.
     
  3. CelestialToys macrumors 6502

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    I think the fact that they discontinued the old ipad keyboard dock suggests that they have little interest in making an ipad specific keyboard. If you really want an Apple keyboard to use with an ipad there's always the standard Apple wireless keyboard, and you don't get many other keyboards thinner or more portable than that.
     
  4. sracer macrumors 603

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    That was ages ago. I owned one and thought it was terrific. They didn't give it enough thought though because it was impossible to use the keyboard dock with the Apple cover.

    Apple's wireless keyboard is great but has some limitations when using it with an iPad.

    First, the wireless keyboard lacks the iPad-specific keys that help quite a bit. Then there's the issue of transporting the keyboard. Naked, it is prone to turning on accidentally when transporting it. It really needs something like the Incase Origami cover. (I own that combo and it really helps) Another issue with transport is the fact that it is a separate unit, making it cumbersome to carry from an office to a conference room.

    For extended typing sessions, the iPad + Wireless Keyboard + Incase Origami is a terrific combo. But for portability, I prefer the Logitech ultrathin keyboard cover.

    I think there is an opportunity for Apple to produce a terrific keyboard cover that would be great for "professional" settings.
     
  5. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    While I love my ZAGG, I can't help but think an Apple designed model would be more elegant.
     
  6. colodane macrumors 6502a

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    Hard to believe that Apple could make something better than the Logitech K811 at a similar price point. I hope they direct their design resources elsewhere.
     
  7. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty sure iOS 9 fixes that and allows the return button to send messages.
     
  8. R3k macrumors 6502a

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  9. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a

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    I assume the owner of the device?
     
  10. R3k macrumors 6502a

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    Cool.
     
  11. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    Actually, I don't believe that to be true. Second parties usually have direct relationships with the first party. For instance, in the video game world, a second party developer is a developer who works exclusively with one console maker but is not owned by them (but another definition says it could be.)

    Hope that helps.

    You are not part of the party in this case, LOL :).
     
  12. Cape Dave macrumors 65816

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    I think they should. Especially if it was backlit, and had a trackpad :) With maybe a solar charger of some sort.
     
  13. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a

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    That is the case in software, but I don't think it is the case with hardware. For example, in the camera world a "2nd party" lens is made by the user (not very common, but exists). Whereas the 1st party (OEM) are made by the camera maker and 3rd party are made by independent companies.
     
  14. melman101 macrumors 68030

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    Hmm interesting. Thanks for the insight.
     
  15. GaryNoine macrumors member

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    Apple making its own keyboard starts getting into that "Surface" area Apple seems to have been avoiding. Not that I personally wouldn't like to see that, but it looks unlikely to me
     
  16. akimoriRyuuji macrumors regular

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    I voted the first one, but I honestly don't think the iPad needs a keyboard at all.
    If you need a keyboard, the MacBook Air is something you should be looking into.
     
  17. nightlong macrumors 6502a

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    #18
    The MacBook Air is something I prefer not to look into, due to the non retina screen, and it does not have cellular facility. An iPad with a keyboard is very portable and you have the choice of not carrying a keyboard when you don't need it.
     
  18. sracer macrumors 603

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    Apple has already made a keyboard for the iPad... years before the Surface surfaced. :)
     
  19. ron7624 Contributor

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    You need a fourth choice. That radio button should say No – it's an iPad and is designed to be used without a keyboard. Granted, a Bluetooth keyboard is nice but not needed.
     

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