Apple Reportedly Plans iPad Keyboard With Trackpad

A report today claims that Apple is planning to introduce an iPad keyboard with a built-in trackpad, a move that would likely excite Apple’s “iPad-only” customer base (via The Information).

Trackpad Keyboard

Apple markets the iPad as a viable alternative to traditional laptops. With the introduction of iPadOS 13, it added support for Bluetooth mice and cursors. This latest rumor could tie into a previous rumor that the next Smart Keyboard could feature backlit keys and Apple’s new scissor switches.

Image of iPad smart keyboard

It would be a welcome iPad accessory since there aren’t many iPad keyboards currently on the market with a trackpad. One person familiar with the matter that The Information spoke with said that Apple has been experimenting with iPad trackpads for years.

If the rumor is true we can expect to see it released alongside the next version of iPad Pro. That could be as soon as March 2020.

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2 thoughts on “Apple Reportedly Plans iPad Keyboard With Trackpad

  • Andrew:

    I just commented on this on John’s background mode for this week, in which Bryan Chaffin speculated about what future improvements might we see in the iPad in days ahead.

    Several vendors have now come out with keyboards featuring an inline trackpad. Since the release of the 2018 iPad Pro, as you’re no doubt aware, powered by iPadOS, iPad Pro users have been using third party mice and trackpads in desktop set ups, in addition to monitors and other hardware, like external hard drives.

    All of this argues that, perhaps contrary to original expectation, the Apple community are using the iPad less as a device between a traditional computer and a smartphone, and more as a competitor to the traditional computer, at least for those tasks in which the iPad excels, other uses including consumption notwithstanding.

    The immediate next iterations of iPadOS will signal if this indeed is an emerging use case, particularly if they facilitate core macOS functions, like multitasking, file search and dynamic app interplay (eg TextExpander across all apps using any keyboard, Cite While You Write for any professional grade reference manager for academic writing).

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