iPad Clamshell Keyboard Will Make Your Tablet More Traditional
For the traditionalists out there who really want their iPad to take on the shape and functionality of a more "traditional laptop," there's good news to report. Coming soon to consumers (probably), is a third-party iPad peripheral that transforms your touchscreen tablet into the laptop of yesterday - at least in appearance, as the clamshell case serves up tactile input by way of an attached Bluetooth keyboard.
Due to the wireless nature of the accessory, this Bluetooth device requires an official sanction from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The request for approval is precisely what helped leak the product's existence. And, as a result, there is no shortage of iPad users excited to get their hands on this third-party keyboard made by Shenzhen Paoluy Silicone Technology Co., Ltd. According to wirelessgoodness.com, the keyboard has already been given the green light by the FCC and should be available "soon."
The so-called "KeyCase iPad Folio with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard" is expected to retail in the US for around $100. According to the manual, the keyboard has a standby time of up to 100 days and a "theoretical" uninterrupted working time of 90 hours. Early reports of product details also note that the battery, "which must be charged separately from the iPad," requires a pretty lengthy charge - about 4-and-a-half hours via a standard Apple USB iPod connector cable.