IPad accessories

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This page covers the iPad accessories.


[edit] Overview

There are many accessories for iPads and iPhones. These include Covers, ear phones (air pods), stands and mounts, and others. The unusual ones for a pure tablet include the pencil and smart keyboard/cover are covered below. Others may be added. There are, of course, third party accessories. See also iPad#iPad_Accessories

[edit] Apple pencil

The Apple pencil is now being touted as the Magic wand of iPads. The versatile Apple Pencil is the best tool to reach for when you need pixel‑perfect precision. Use it to jot down notes, paint a watercolor, or mark up an email. Whatever you need to do, Apple Pencil is easy to use but impossible to put down.

The technology inside Apple Pencil is complex. But using it is completely natural and intuitive. Press harder for thicker lines, lighter for thinner ones. Create shading simply by tilting. All with virtually no lag time between what you write and what you see. You can even rest your hand on the screen while you use it. Because while it’s engineered like a computer, it works just like a pencil. Under the magnetic cap of Apple Pencil is a Lightning connector that lets you plug into iPad. A full charge gives you 12 hours of scribbling, sketching, annotating, and editing.

[edit] Features

  • pixel level resolution
  • angle (tilt) sensing
  • pressure sensing with virtually no lag.
  • The samples are 240 times per second.
  • palm rejection of your hand when the pen is in use.
  • 12 hours of battery life between charges.
  • recharged by plugging into the iPad itself.
  • will provide 30 minutes of writing with only a 15 second charge.
  • Length: 6.92 inches (175.7 mm) measured from tip to cap
  • Diameter: 0.35 inch (8.9 mm)
  • Weight: 0.73 ounce (20.7 grams)

[edit] Apple pencil Gen 1

The Apple pencil is available for an original iPad Pro, the iPad 2018, the iPad 2019 and the iPad Air 2019 model. The Apple Pencil is $99.

[edit] Apple pencil Gen 2

The new Apple Pencil Gen 2 charges wirelessly by attaching magnetically to the side of the iPad Pro. It also adds a few new shortcuts, like tapping to wake up the iPad Pro and double-tapping to switch tools. The two Apple Pencil versions are not compatible. The new model will work on the iPad Pro 2018 and the iPad Pro 2020.

[edit] Logitech Crayon

The Logitech Crayon is also available for half the price. This unit fits Apple devices that use the Gen 1 Apple Pencil. It is not pressure sensitive but has the following features:

  • 8 hours use between charges.
  • will not role off the desk.
  • Works anywhere the Apple pencil works.
  • charges via the lightning cable.
  • auto power off if idle for 30minutes, has on/off switch requiring 1 sec press.
  • Tilt sensitivity for dynamic line weight
  • battery life indicator with short press on on/off switch
  • Lithium battery Up to 7.5 hours of writing time on single charge
  • 30 minutes after 90 seconds charge, recharge via lightning connector
  • replaceable tip lasts for 1 1/4 miles.
  • Palm rejection technology ignores stray touches
  • rugged: survives a 4ft drop, MIL STANDARD 810-G drop tests
  • dimensions: 6.5" x .5" x .3" (163 x 12 x 8 mm) rounded corners
  • Weight: 0.7 oz (20 g)

[edit] Smart Keyboard

New Pro keyboard

The Smart Keyboard combines advanced technologies to create a keyboard like no other. It’s a full-size keyboard that’s fully portable, and it connects to iPad Pro with the Smart Connector. Just attach the Smart Keyboard and start typing. And when you’re done, it folds to create a slim, lightweight cover.

[edit] Original Pro keyboards

Any smart keyboard will work with any size original iPad Pro there is a full size one for the 12.9". There are smaller keyboards for the 9.7" model and a slightly larger one to fit the 10.5" model. The 10.5" model has significantly larger keys and is easier to work with than the 9.7" was. The smart connector allows the keyboard to be powered from the Pro and data connects wirelessly.

Using the correct size Keyboard offers the additional features of a stand for the iPad Pro, with or without the keyboard in use, and a protective cover for the iPad Pro.

The Apple Smart Keyboard is $159 for the 10.5" or 9.7" model and $169 for the 12.9" model. A New Smart Keyboard was released in 2019 for the iPad (7th Generation) and iPad Air (3rd Generation) for $159. It doubles as a stand and cover.

[edit] New Pro Folio keyboards

There are two new keyboards for the iPad Pro 2018 models and for the iPad Pro 2020 models. One for the 12.9" and one for the 11". There is no indication that these are compatible with any other model of the iPad Pro. They offer both front and back protection. Prices are $179 for the 11" and $199 for the 12.9".

Magic Keyboard

[edit] Magic Keyboards

These are two new keyboards for the iPad Pro 2018 models and the iPad Pro 2020 models (available May 2020). One for the 12.9" and one for the 11". These keyboards differ from their predecessors in that they feature:

  • The best typing experience ever on an iPad. This includes Full‑size, backlit keys and a scissor mechanism with 1 mm travel for quiet, responsive typing.
  • A trackpad that opens up new ways to work with iPadOS. This means the iPad gets a cursor.
  • Designed for Multi‑Touch gestures and the cursor in iPadOS
  • A USB‑C port for passthrough charging, freeing up the port on iPad Pro for other accessories.
  • Folds into a case to provide front and back protection for traveling with iPad Pro.

The Magic Keyboard has a floating cantilever design, allowing you to attach iPad Pro magnetically and to smoothly adjust it to the perfect viewing angle for you.

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