New peripherals will feature integrated batteries, USB charging
Apple plans to release a new version of the company's Magic Mouse and Bluetooth wireless keyboard that will use Bluetooth Low Energy and include integrated batteries, according to new filings with the US Federal Communications Commission. The new peripherals will eschew the AA batteries currently used in favor of USB-based charging. Both will use Bluetooth 4.2 with Bluetooth LE, which should result in dramatically longer battery life.
GoodReader update features audio player that runs in the background
PDF reading app GoodReader has released a major revamp with new features for iPhone and iPad. Version 3.2 is the software's first update since early fall, featuring a re-built audio player and better integrated file management options.
Logitech adds TK820 keyboard for Windows 8 with integrated trackpad
Logitech has rolled out its latest wireless keyboard for Windows users. The TK820 is set apart from other wireless keyboard solutions as it integrates a large multitouch trackpad. The device is aimed at Windows 8 users who do not have a touchscreen, but still want to utilize its built-in multitouch and gesture support in a convenient all-in-one design.
Keyboard can pair, switch between three Bluetooth devices
Logitech has revealed a new wireless keyboard that can switch between devices on the fly. The K810 Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard can pair with up to three Bluetooth-enabled systems at the same time, and has three function keys for choosing what PC, Mac, or handheld device will work with it.
Logitech K760 with quick-switching for Mac, iOS on pre-order
Logitech has released a redesigned Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 for Mac, iPhone and iPad. The latest entry in the company’s expanding line of Bluetooth keyboards resembles Apple’s own wireless keyboard and supersedes the K750, which was much less compact. As with all of Logitech’s solar-powered products, the device will maintain its charge provided it has access to any light source, indoors or outdoors.
Protective gear for those on the go
Two different Mac and iOS accessory makers are offering sleeves and cases that not only accompany the iPad, but also a wireless keyboard (either Apple's own Bluetooth model that can work with both the iPad and other devices, or an integrated case-and-keyboard specifically for the iPad). Laptop Tailors, a Netherlands-based all-female Dutch company, offers felt sleeves, while new start-upHatch & Company has released a faux-leather case and keyboard for the iPad 2.
Unit holds two Apple devices together as one piece
Twelve South has launched MagicWand, an accessory that combines the Apple Wireless Keyboard with the Magic Trackpad into one unit. The tube-shaped device snaps to the underside of the keyboard and trackpad, securing both to the same base. The trackpad can be positioned on the right or left of the keyboard, allowing the unit to accommodate both right- or left-handed users. Once all pieces are secured in place, the combination can be used on a desktop or a user's lap.