Apple to launch iPad 5 keyboard cover

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It is becoming clear that Apple will launch an iPad 5 keyboard cover under its own brand rather than a 3rd party option, but whether this accessory will be ready in time for the Oct 23 keynote is yet to be seen.

An ex-Apple employee, Jamie Ryan, who is also well known when it comes to commentating in the technology industry, has made this claim. He revealed that Apple has a full size iPad 5 keyboard cover in prototype in this short blog, although he also made it clear that the prototype might not be ready for release just yet.

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Apple already sell a Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad, but this product is nothing like the Microsoft Surface cover that was designed to work with the Surface tablet from the design stage.

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The second generation Apple iPad launched with integrated magnets that allowed a cover to clip on easily, so we really hope they take that idea one step further with a keyboard on the back when the iPad 5 hits a release date in the next few weeks.

It is true that this would be copying Microsoft, but then Apple already had the integrated keyboard for a few years but lacked a keyboard on the back like Microsoft did with the Surface tablet.

Personally, we hope Apple launch an iPad 5 keyboard cover like the Surface offering and would certainly purchase one. It is unlikely that it will work with iPad 4 or the original iPad mini, as Apple love to save things like this as a selling point for new models.

We looked at the differences between iPad 3rd party keyboards and the Microsoft Surface cover almost a year ago, and highlighted the desirability at the start of this month. It will be great to finally see this accessory become a reality.

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