What you need to know
- Apple recently announced new iPad Pros and the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro.
- Brydge has confirmed that its upcoming Pro+ keyboard and trackpad will work with those iPads.
- It has also confirmed that it will work with the new changes iOS 13.4 is bringing to pointers.
Apple recently announced newly refreshed iPad Pros alongside the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. That keyboard comes with a built-in trackpad to take advantage of changes coming to iOS 13.4, but it's costly. Starting at $299, perhaps prohibitively so. But Bridge has confirmed that its upcoming Pro+ keyboard and trackpad will work just as well. And it'll be cheaper.
A fair bit cheaper, too. The Brydge Pro+ starts at $199 which is a third less than Apple's offering. And the company was keen to make sure that everyone knows that it's ready for the new iPad Pros, too.
But there's more to it than just supporting the new iPad Pros. That much we'd guessed, but what about the new pointer support coming to iOS 13.4? When Brydge designed the Pro+ its built-in trackpad was going to have to use Apple's iOS 13 accessibility features in order to function. But now? Now it can use the new pointer support coming to iOS 13.4 next week.
And yes, the same goes for the iTrack standalone trackpad, too.
Now we just need to wait for everything to be released – the Brydge Pro+ is expected to ship in April.
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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.
My iPad Pro 12.9 2018 model was almost 2K with AppleCare+ and tax. The difference between the cost of the Brydge keyboard w/ trackpad and the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard accessory is almost noise in the face of that. What does matter is that the Apple accessory uses the Smart Connector, and requires no charging or maintenance, if I understand correctly. I will say the Brydge is probably more 'lappable', but I daresay the Magic Keyboard is probably close enough. The current Smart Keyboard Folio is almost there, now....I make do with it on my lap all the time. The Bydge is a fine product, but I don't think it's quite a 1:1 comparison with the Magic Keyboard, which doesn't use Bluetooth (always a source of frustrating dysfunction for iPad Keyboards, no matter how well implemented).
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