Will Apple’s iPad 5 Gain This Handy Accessory?
Is an iPad keyboard cover one of the surprises up Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) sleeve? As reported by Gizmodo, tech industry commentator Jamie Ryan believes that Apple may unveil a keyboard cover for the iPad 5 at its upcoming media event. This iPad case cover would be similar to the keyboard cover that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) currently offers for its Surface tablets.
Although there are a limitless number of tech commentators who are willing to spin yarns about potential Apple products, Ryan is not your run-of-the-mill speculator. According to his blog, Ryan previously worked for Apple in Developer Relations. Ryan’s contacts at the Cupertino-based company have informed him that Apple has already created a prototype for a full-size iPad case that mimics Microsoft’s Touch Cover.
However, this doesn’t mean that Apple is following Microsoft’s lead. As noted by 9to5Mac, Apple has published multiple patents for various types of keyboard covers that predate Microsoft’s Touch Cover by over a year. While Apple already offers a Bluetooth keyboard that can be used with the iPad, Ryan noted that this device requires “a lot more bag space” than a thin cover keyboard. In the absence of an Apple-made option, many iPad owners have purchased keyboard covers made by third-party manufacturers.