14 February 2020
Apple is reportedly planning to release a new iPad keyboard with a built-in trackpad later this year. This new accessory may release alongside the new version of the iPad Pro, according to The Information’s source.
The trackpad is a typical feature that is associated with laptops and it’s great to learn that the same is heading to Apple’s tablet line as well. The feature will enhance the productivity among the iPad users and unlock an ease that wasn’t possible before.
Note that iPadOS already has mouse support but it’s buried inside and needs to be enabled from the accessibility menu every time you want to use it. The existing yet not visible mouse support on the iPad is an extension of the iPad’s Assistive Touch technology. Currently, Apple is not pushing you to use a mouse but if the speculated keyboard with built-in trackpad launches, it is possible that the mouse support could become a more visible feature in iPadOS.
In fact, Apple apparently has given a hint on the possible accessory. At the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Apple software chief Craig Federighi said, “If you like what you’ve seen us do with iPadOS, stay tuned, we’re going to keep working on it.” So, it appears we would soon see iPadOS updates at some point.
Also, a report came in January from DigiTimes cited its sources and reported that Apple iPads 2020 may get backlit Smart Keyboard with scissor-switch design. The report apparently referred to an accessory rather than a built-in hardware keyboard. The scissor-switch design isn’t new and Apple has just switched back to this design following the issues with the butterfly keyboard on Macs.