All iPads using my own keyboard with iPad

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  1. ratsg macrumors 6502

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    I want to use my own keyboard with the iPad.

    I know that there are several commercial iPad only ones currently available through Bekins and others. I don't really care for them.

    Is there a Lightening->USB or a bluetooth->USB adapter available so I could use my standard/full sized Apple USB keyboard with my iPad?
     
  2. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040

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    As far as I know there is no support for plug in USB keyboards. Why not try the Apple Bluetooth keyboard?
     
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    I have a couple of mechanical keyboards that I use with my iPad. You have to purchase the camera adapter that goes from USB to lightning so you can plug in the keyboard. You will get an error message saying that the device is not supported. But just hit the okay button and the keyboard will input fine. It worked this way on my iPad 3 and also works with the iPad Air.
     
  5. ratsg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks Nhwhazup,

    that was exactly what I was looking for.
     
  6. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000

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    Glad to help. Forums are great There's usually someone out there that has experienced what you are looking for.
     
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    Good to know! :)
     
  8. ratsg, Jan 8, 2014
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    Summary

    I just wanted to post a summary for anyone who might come across this or search for something similar in the archives.

    I am a new/first time iPad owner, and along with my iPad purchase, I also purchased the camera kit.

    Apple can certainly call this what ever they like, but in reality it is nothing more than a USD $30.00 USB->Lightning cable.

    I can report that I am successfully using this adapter cable, along with my Sun Microsystems Type 7 Unix keyboard, to type text into various applications on my iPad.

    Thank you again to everyone who replied, this works great.
     
  9. Nhwhazup macrumors 68000

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    That's what's great about these forums. I learn new tricks all the time.
     
  10. iPodJedi macrumors 6502a

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    Nope there are no USB adapters like that i recommend this one though. i use it every day(even right now) and it is foldable and comes in different colors (and u cant tell by the picture but it is extremely thin and small)
     

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  11. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    The posts above say that Yes there is a way
     
  12. iPodJedi macrumors 6502a

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    well i stand corrected. Ive never seen one. Thats surprising since apple normally doesn't allow that type of thing.
     
  13. trewyn15 macrumors 6502

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    Really good to know actually. I HATE typing on my tablet, but love how easy it is to use for just scrolling around.
     
  14. kaielement macrumors 65816

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    The iPad has Bluetooth built in so no need for an adaptor. Any Bluetooth keyboard will work. I do know a lot of people use the apple branded Bluetooth keyboard.
     
  15. iPodJedi macrumors 6502a

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    ya but the apple ones are expensive it would probably be easier to find one for like $30
     
  16. kaielement macrumors 65816

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    Not saying you have to buy the apple one. It's just what I see a lot. Plus most keyboard cases cost $100 or more and the apple one is only $69.99 so some people find that worth it plus it's apple branded.
     
  17. iPodJedi macrumors 6502a

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    ya- i just use an external bluetooth keyboard i picked up for $30 i dont like the case keyboards...
     
  18. ratsg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unless you have a link for a USB->Bluetooth adapter, then YES, there is a need for an adapter.
     
  19. kaielement, Jan 20, 2014
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    kaielement macrumors 65816

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    What are you talking about? How would I connect to my Bluetooth speaker or keaybord if the iPad didn't have Bluetooth? And no I am not using any adaptor. Go to settings and third option down is Bluetooth make sure it's on then you should be able to connect with your Bluetooth keyboard. Am I missing something or you are asking about something totally different? Maybe I am just that dumb lol. I am totally confused.

    Ps look at this link from the apple website it sates under the wireless connection part that the iPad does in deed have Bluetooth so no adaptor needed. http://www.apple.com/ipad/compare/
     
  20. ratsg thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm the OP.

    The keyboard I wanted to use with my iPad is a USB keyboard.

    As such, I either needed a USB->Bluetooth adapter, or a USB->Lightning adapter. My personal preference was the later, although I would have been happy with either.

    I am a new/first time iPad owner. After asking my question, you can see from the thread history that Apple does make a USB->lightning adapter. They call it the camera kit.

    The camera kit + my USB keyboard works great for what I need it for. I received my stuff and it all worked great together. I posted a summary and thanked everyone for their comments.

    I am a little confused as to why anyone would question my successful resolved issue? I don't believe anyone suggested that the iPad did not have Bluetooth. If you are experiencing problems with your Bluetooth speaker, I might suggest opening a new thread.



     
  21. kaielement, Jan 21, 2014
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    kaielement macrumors 65816

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    Ok I get it thanks for claifing you are trying to use a keyboard that didn't have Bluetooth. The way you wrote that made it seem like you needed the adaptor for the iPad not the keyboard. And no not having problems with any speakers. I was just a bit confused.
     

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