What you need to know
- Brydge has announced a new iPad Pro keyboard with built-in trackpad.
- It has also announced a standalone trackpad, too.
- Both are designed to leverage iPadOS's new pointing device support.
Brydge has announced two new products, both designed to close the gap between iPad Pro and MacBook Pro. The first, the Pro+ keyboard, has a built-in trackpad and looks uncannily similar to Apple's notebooks.
While Brydge isn't yet saying when the keyboard will ship, potential buyers can sign up to register their interest now (opens in new tab). When the keyboard does arrive users can take advantage of the pointing device support added to iPadOS 13 and use the trackpad as if they were using a Mac.
The keyboard comes in two different sizes to fit the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro and it only comes in Space Gray color. The battery will apparently last for around three months and the trackpad supports multi-touch, too.
Those interested in buying the Pro+ keyboard need to hand over $199.99 for the 11-inch version and $229.99 for the 12.9-inch one.
If you'd rather just add a trackpad to your workflow, you can thanks to the iPad OS Trackpad (opens in new tab).. Again, Brydge says that it's coming soon but this time we don't know how much it will cost. The trackpad itself looks very similar to Apple's Magic Trackpad and is a great option for those who were disappointed to learn that Apple's own solution doesn't work with iPads.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
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