The perfect iPad keyboard (has not been invented yet)

“Brydge, longtime makers of laptop-like keyboards for tablets, has stirred up a lot of excitement (at least among those who care about this kind of thing, and I count myself among them) with its latest product: the new Brydge for iPad Pro 2018 is a MacBook-like, backlit keyboard available for both the 11-inch and 12[.9]-inch models,” Khoi Vinh writes for Subtraction. “It’s also impressively styled with an aluminum housing, if the product shots are a reliable indicator.”

“The Brydge Pro attaches to the iPad at its corners via two reasonably elegant, padded hinges. This allows the tablet itself to be positioned at any angle, or at least many more angles than the two allowed by Apple’s own Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad,” Vinh writes. “Brydge touts the ability to flip the tablet around so that it faces away from the keyboard. This lets you prop the iPad up in touch-only mode, like a kiosk. This also allows you to fold the iPad and keyboard together flat, in what Brydge advertises as ‘tablet mode.'”

“The irony of attaching a tablet to a keyboard that promises you a ‘tablet mode’ seems lost on Brydge, but it highlights the central tension of any keyboard made for the iPad: is the goal to augment the iPad with optional keyboard functionality, or to turn it fully into a laptop?” Vinh writes. “The challenge of balancing these two options is the reason why, in my estimation, the perfect iPad keyboard has yet to be invented.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The Bridge Pro keyboard really reminds us of our dream road computer…

Here’s an idea: Apple could sell iPad Pros as they do now, and for those wanting a “Mac,” Apple could sell them the macOS-powered display-less keyboard/trackpad/cpu/RAM/SSD/battery base unit. Attach your iPad for the display and off you go, you Mac-headed truck driver! Plus, you get to use the iPad’s battery, too, extending battery life to provide a truly all-day battery for portable Mac users. Detach the display and you get your iOS-powered iPad back, same as always.

Too outside the box? We’d love to be able to take our 12-inch iPad Pro, mate it with this theoretical Mac base unit, and turn it into a portable Mac. Right now, we carry 12-inch iPad Pros and MacBooks in our backpacks. Guess what’s redundant? Right, the displays. We don’t need to carry two screens on the road. The iPad Pro’s screen would do just fine, thanks.

Buy the Mac base on its own (for those who already have 12.9-inch iPad Pros) or buy it as part of a package (get a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro at a nice discount when you buy it with the Mac base). Imagine if Apple had unveiled this headless MacBook that you use with your iPad at their iPad event last fall. How many more 12.9-inch iPad Pro sales would such a product have generated? Enough to return iPad to unit sales growth, we bet. And, how many more Macs would have been sold, too? — MacDailyNews, January 7, 2017

Illustration from Apple's hybrid Mac-iPad patent application
Illustration from Apple’s hybrid Mac-iPad patent application


  1. The 12.9″ iPad Pro does some things much better than my Mac. My MacBook Pro does some things better than my iPad Pro. Together they provide an exquisite computing experience. Apple’s Keyboard cover for my first generation 12.9 inch iPad pro and the Apple Pencil make for a unique experience. Stop trying to turn an iPad into a laptop. It is its own thing and each system beautifully compliments the other. All these articles of is “iPad Pro isn’t a laptop replacement, yet, need to stop. It’s not supposed to replace a laptop. If it does well enough for someone, then they probably don’t need a laptop, you are not running programs that require the Mac OS to work well. Try drawing on the MacBook Pro’s screen, much better on iPad.

  2. What a frankensteinian idea.

    Here’s an idea: how about a slate with all the capabilities of the Mac that can act as your touch slate when you need it to? One device, one OS to access all your data, files and stuff.

    Oh yeah, It exists. It’s called a Surface. And IMO, a much better philosophy than frankensteining two os’s into one clumped piece of hardware.

    To think the same Mac people that used to talk about fridge toasters are now posing these kinds of ideas to justify an askew philosophy, rather than admit that the company accused of “fridge-toasters” seemed to have it right all along..

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