What you need to know
- Logitech has announced the Folio Touch, a keyboard case for the 11-inch iPad Pro.
- The keyboard includes shortcut buttons compatible with iPadOS.
- It also offers four use modes: typing, viewing, sketching, and reading.
In a press release (opens in new tab) on its website, Logitech has announced the Folio Touch, its direct competitor to Apple's Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro. Michele Hermann, vice president of mobility at Logitech, points out that the case offers even more flexibility for different work modes than Apple's keyboard.
The Folio Touch, rather than many third-party keyboards that are powered by a battery and connected by Bluetooth, utilizes Apple's Smart Connector to power and connect itself the same way the Magic Keyboard does. It also includes a row of shortcut keys for iPadOS, something that is currently missing from the Magic Keyboard.
The Folio Touch also allows you to fold the keyboard underneath the iPad Pro and use the case for sketching and reading. The case also has a cutout for attaching your 2nd generation Apple Pencil or the Logitech Crayon.
The Folio Touch is currebtly only available for the 11-inch iPad Pro and there is no word yet as to when Logitech will release a version for the 12.9-inch version. It will start shipping in July for $159.99 and is on Logitech's website (opens in new tab), but is currently not available to order.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
This looks pretty good, as long as it isn't too heavy or bulky. The Magic keyboard is heavy, but pretty svelte as things go. The big drawback to the Magic keyboard is that it pretty much has one position. The position you see it in, in the pictures, is pretty much it. Doesn't lean any farther back than that. More straight up and down is possible, but not really useful.
From the reviews I’ve seen it is definitely noticeably more bulky than the Magic Keyboard. So it’ll be a trade-off between functionality, design, and price. Being able to transform that thing around and those function keys are pretty tempting though!
Hey just a heads up this is only for the smaller version. I just ordered it and now have to cancel because it’s not for the 12.9” :(
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