updated 10:54 am EDT, Mon October 21, 2013
Could cater to professional market
Apple could be preparing a keyboard cover for the fifth-generation iPad similar in style to the Touch Cover for the Microsoft Surface, says ex-Apple worker Jamie Ryan. The company has reportedly been working on "a few different styles" of keyboard covers for some time. Ryan comments that although there are a "1000 no's [sic] for every yes" when it comes to Apple prototypes, a first-party Bluetooth cover might make the iPad more appealing to professionals. Other "cover-like" accessories are allegedly being investigated.
Third-party Bluetooth keyboards have become commonplace accessories for the iPad and the iPad mini. Usually, though, these take the form of complete keyboard cases, rather than cover-only accessories. Even then most of the covers use rigid buttons, instead of soft-touch keys woven into the fabric of the cover itself. If Apple does have a soft-touch cover coming, it could be announced at Tuesday's iPad event.