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.