When you’re typing using your iPad’s on-screen keyboard, do you ever find that your fingers are out of position, and you’ve been typing lines of gibberish? An iPad keyboard can help you avoid that. Apple iPad keyboards can also be a big plus if you use your iPad Pro for long typing sessions or if you prefer to have use of the full screen, undiminished by the keyboard taking up screen space. It’s germane that while an iPad is designed to accommodate an external keyboard, an external mouse is not an option because iPad uses touch navigation.
So, if you’re browsing iPad keyboards, your first decision should be whether you want wireless or wired. Wireless is very convenient since you can position the keyboard optimally, but wired keyboards often mean less interference from outside radio signals, fewer possible security threats, and less uncertainty relating to power, since there are no batteries to run down. While most iPads are compatible with any of the wireless or Bluetooth keyboards for iPad, most wired keyboards are designed to be used with a specific model (or models) of iPad. For example, most iPad Pro keyboards won’t fit an iPad mini, and most iPad mini keyboards can’t be used with an iPad Air.
Your next decision is choosing the best iPad keyboard style for you. Some keyboard designs clip onto the iPad, then can be used as a cover for the display during travel. A folio keyboard case keeps your iPad in an upright position while in use, and protects your iPad screen while not in use. One note: if you’re browsing iPad mini keyboard cases, be certain the one you choose is compatible with your specific iPad mini model. For an extra measure of security, you may also want to consider an iPad screen protector to serve as an additional safeguard for your screen. Most keyboard folios allow you to set your iPad at an angle that suits you, but if the keyboard you select doesn’t, you might want to get a tablet stand or mount to ensure a convenient position.
Getting the Most from Your Apple iPad Keyboard
Your iPad keyboard can extend the usability of your device, but it’s still only as good as the available signal, which can be an issue when you’re on the go. You can stay connected wherever you are with a mobile hotspot, many of which are designed to also charge your smartphone, iPad or other device. Another consideration is keeping your iPad and keyboard clean. Most guides suggest using soft, even strokes with a lint-free, scratch-resistant cloth dampened with clean, lukewarm water only — no chemical cleaners. To get in-between the keys, consider using an air duster that uses compressed gas with an ozone-safe formula to efficiently remove dust and dirt.