Logitech’s Rugged Combo 2 keyboard and case for Apple’s iPad has its own smart connector

“Logitech’s Rugged Combo 2 keyboard case for the iPad is not likely to be something you’ll want to buy. It’s just too big for most. It’s very, very rugged, surrounding the device in a huge plastic block that feels like it could protect the glass inside from nearly anything,” Dieter Bohn reports for The Verge. “(Logitech says it’s good for up to a four-foot drop, but I bet it could handle more.) You won’t really be able to buy it anyway; it’s designed for the education market.”

“But I am here to tell you that it is fascinating,” Bohn reports. “The spill-proof keyboard doesn’t connect via Bluetooth, but instead via a custom smart connector Logitech developed, which passes through to the Lightning port inside the case. The keyboard is therefore removable (it attaches by a strong magnet) and can be replaced with a simple cover.”

Logitech's Rugged Combo 2 keyboard case for Apple iPad (US$99.99)
Logitech’s Rugged Combo 2 keyboard case for Apple iPad (US$99.99)

Bohn reports, “Schools will be able to buy the Rugged Combo 2 case this summer.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, at education pricing, it’ll be $299 for the iPad, $99.99 for the keyboard case, and $49 for the Apple Pencil for a grand total of $447.99 per unit (before bulk discounts).

Good luck to educators who’d rather have Apple’s full-featured solution but are going up against Chromebook test-taking machines that start around $150. Obtuse decision-makers are going to look that those two price tags and make the wrong choice for students and teachers pretty much every single time. We commiserate.

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    1. What kids data do you think is available to lose in a device that has been issued by a competent school IT department? I’m sure homework is of big interest to the NSA.

  1. Apple have lost this one already. In the UK they only had the (laughable efforts of the ) BBC to contend with. Microsoft have never been focused. But this is Google who have a track record of success (translation, books etc.) and will pursue the education market with a very aggressive pricing policy and cheaper quality machinery. Security is important here, hacking by fellow students, and retaining work done over a term for assesment and marking is key. Apple has lost its way in this market.

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