One of many key promoting factors of the brand new iPad Professional 2020 vary was in reality a separate product you possibly can purchase for it – the Magic Keyboard – which turned the pill expertise into another akin to utilizing a laptop computer.
Not like the acquainted Good Keyboard Folio (pictured) which was merely a case with a keyboard baked in, the Magic Keyboard had letters to sort but in addition a trackpad like a normal laptop computer, in addition to a stand for the iPad Professional so you possibly can place it at varied angles. In different phrases it was designed to rework the way you used your iPad.
Nonetheless it seems like Apple is likely to be planning a change to future iPad Professional Magic Keyboards. In accordance with a patent discovered by PatentlyApple, the corporate is contemplating creating such a peripheral and not using a trackpad, as a substitute choosing touch-sensitive strips to both aspect of the keyboard.
Going by way of modifications
In addition to ditching the trackpad for one thing arguably just a little more durable to make use of (though the true simplest way of navigating a pill is simply together with your finger on the display), this patent reveals a brand new Magic Keyboard as coming with a microphone and probably even vibration sensors.
These vibration sensors would have the ability to determine gestures finished on the floor the iPad was positioned on, so in concept you possibly can swipe throughout the espresso store desk or work desk you had been utilizing as a substitute of the display to navigate the iPad. These sensors would additionally sense the power you utilize to press sure keyboard buttons, which might change the enter (for instance, a forceful house bar push might create a paragraph break).
The addition of vibration sensors and a microphone can be helpful inclusions for individuals who need to use their iPad Professional Magic Keyboards for productiveness causes, though it is unclear if individuals would welcome the lack of the trackpad for navigation.
It is price stating that whereas a patent definitely would not assure such a brand new product is coming at any level quickly, and even ever, the existence of it within the first place suggests Apple is a minimum of contemplating making the modifications.
If it is a actual upcoming product it is unlikely we’ll see it any time quickly although, and it might as a substitute probably be unveiled alongside the 2021 iPad Professional fashions or past.