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Apple not planning to release iPad 2 keyboard dock?

updated 05:35 pm EDT, Fri March 25, 2011

Schiller sidesteps question from customer

Apple's senior vice president of marketing, Phil Schiller, has reportedly sidestepped a question from a customer who sent an e-mail inquiry regarding the possibility of a keyboard dock dedicated to the iPad 2. According to an alleged exchange posted on 9to5Mac, the executive responded by highlighting the device's virtual keyboard and convenience of the Bluetooth accessory.

"People prefer to use the iPad's built in soft keyboard most all of the time, it works very well," Schiller was quoted as responding. "Those that do choose to use an external keyboard most often choose to use Apple's bluetooth wireless keyboard for the convenience it provides."

It is unclear if the comments can be interpreted as rejecting the possibility of an iPad 2 keyboard dock, or if the company is remaining mum on its plans to expand current accessories. Aside from his recommendations, iPad 2 owners can still take advantage of the keyboard dock that was originally built for the first-generation tablet.




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  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Meh...

    The dock port is on the wrong side of the iPad for optimal writing use in any case, only allowing viewing documents in portrait mode. I rather have my iPad propped in landscape mode and use a Bluetooth keyboard.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    The dock

    was not well reviewed. The bluetooth keyboard works with either orientation, and the new cover supports the Pad in landscape mode.

    The keyboard dock is dead, long live the dock. RIP dock, we knew you well. etc. etc.

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Such a small market

    Such a small market. The fact is the iPad is such a portable device, generally you're not going to be using it plugged in at a desk. So the Bluetooth keyboard and a case/stand makes a lot more sense.

  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Use the first..

    The original still works, buy that if needed!

  1. driven

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Agree about no landscape

    I went with the Bluetooth keyboard because I much prefer using the device in landscape mode. This isn't supported by the existing iPad keyboard dock.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Portability

    I think the keyboard dock is cumbersome to carry around. People who do a lot of typing likely purchased a case with built-in keyboard or used the Apple wireless one.

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