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Source says these covers may not be ready for the event tomorrow

Apple is reportedly testing a new case for the full-sized 9.7-inch iPad that would mimic the functionality seen in the Microsoft Surface Touch Cover. The tip originates from a former employee of Apple's Developer Relations team named Jamie Ryan.

Ryan wrote, "It's not clear whether the process is far enough along to make this Tuesday's event, but they did say a few different styles had been in testing for awhile.”

Ryan also indicates that the reason Apple is developing the new keyboard cover is because the existing Bluetooth keyboard isn't as integrated as the Microsoft Touch Cover. And a keyboard cover could also be seen as a greater differentiator for the 9.7” iPad compared to its smaller (and better selling) iPad mini sibling.

Invite for tomorrow's iPad event
Speculation is that the keyboard case will be released alongside the fifth-generation iPad expected to debut tomorrow. Apple’s invite for the event even alludes to the fact that “covers” will be highlighted, so we’re hoping that this report is correct and that Apple has more in store than just a fresh assortment of colors for its iPad accessory.

It should also be noted, however, that in a patent application discovered on August 2, 2012, Apple layed out ideas for a number of "smart" covers including ones with an integrated keyboard and solar panels.

Sources: Apple Insider, Mac Rumors

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But... Apple invented the keyboard cover!
By Nutzo on 10/21/2013 11:32:54 AM , Rating: 5
I'm sure the US patent office will grant Apple a patent and Apple will claim they invented the keyboard cover. Then Apple will sue Microsoft.

RE: But... Apple invented the keyboard cover!
By Flunk on 10/21/2013 11:38:16 AM , Rating: 3
Microsoft-Apple cross-licensing.

Yeah... This is why Microsoft and Apple aren't suing each other constantly.

RE: But... Apple invented the keyboard cover!
By Samus on 10/21/2013 1:34:31 PM , Rating: 2

Without Activesync, the iPhone wouldn't be the go-to corporate replacement for Blackberry's, and Apple undebatably has the best Activesync integration of any mobile OS, even Windows Phone (which doesn't even allow you to bypass expired certificates...)

Likewise, Microsoft would be in a tough spot without access to Apple's mobile patents, which is ironically making them nearly a billion dollars annually in licensing fees. I wonder if they need to share those with Apple?

By damianrobertjones on 10/21/2013 2:23:39 PM , Rating: 3
Why would you want to bypass an EXPIRED certificate?

RE: But... Apple invented the keyboard cover!
By retrospooty on 10/21/2013 6:48:38 PM , Rating: 3
Because many companies don't keep up with it and users still need their emails. Most companies aren't doing highly classified stuff, or even exciting new products or anything that needs high security.

Every EAS mail client I have ever used has the ability to bypass an expired cert. I am kind of surprised you cant with WP8. Is that confirmed? What a POS move.

By Fleeb on 10/22/2013 1:28:05 AM , Rating: 2
What's the purpose of making the certificate expire?

By Azethoth on 10/22/2013 5:16:05 AM , Rating: 1
Microsoft totally for realz invented the keyboard cover because they were the first to ship something with it integrated, unlike all the keyboard covers that were available for the iPad for years before that but do not count as prior inventions because we hate that Apple sued our precious Samsung or something.

We invented it
By jeepga on 10/21/2013 11:10:25 AM , Rating: 2
I wonder how they'll spin that they invented the keyboard cover.

RE: We invented it
By hughlle on 10/21/2013 12:12:12 PM , Rating: 5
More likely spin it to suggest that it's somehow something entirely revolutionary compared to previous attempts. Like the advert for facetime, marketing it as if things like skype operated via carrier pigeons bearing sd cards with sound bites on them.

RE: We invented it
By DukeN on 10/21/2013 12:35:21 PM , Rating: 2
LOL that made my day.

RE: We invented it
By Brandon Hill on 10/21/2013 12:53:24 PM , Rating: 2
Like the advert for facetime, marketing it as if things like skype operated via carrier pigeons bearing sd cards with sound bites on them.

Holy crap that's awesome!

RE: We invented it
By Guspaz on 10/21/2013 4:00:37 PM , Rating: 2
"marketing it as if things like skype operated via carrier pigeons bearing sd cards with sound bites on them."

Sometimes Skype feels like that's what they actually do...

RE: We invented it
By Lord 666 on 10/21/2013 9:57:11 PM , Rating: 3
It would be more secure from the NSA that way though.

Dear god...
By Stuka on 10/21/2013 11:10:55 AM , Rating: 2
Please tell me Microsoft patented the keyboard cover and the related firmware so the door can swing the other way!

RE: Dear god...
By tayb on 10/21/2013 11:57:35 AM , Rating: 2
Apple and Microsoft both play nice. Their patent portfolios are too large to try and attack each other.

Samsung, HTC, and other Android OEMs have almost no software patents because they aren't really and never really have been software companies. Easy targets.

RE: Dear god...
By superstition on 10/21/2013 1:35:11 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung also makes itself an easy target when it puts in a memo a directive to copy everything about an Apple product.

RE: Dear god...
By Azethoth on 10/22/2013 5:12:16 AM , Rating: 2
And then refuse to make things different enough even after Google freaks out and begs them to not just clone the iPhone.

RE: Dear god...
By Camikazi on 10/21/2013 5:48:44 PM , Rating: 2
MS and Apple aren't playing nice they have cross-licensing agreements which neither can afford to mess up. They will never attack each other as long as those licenses are in effect.

Already exists
By kmmatney on 10/21/2013 5:43:53 PM , Rating: 2
Not a big deal - you can already buy iPad keyboard covers - they've existed for years. Here is a review of many of them:,2817,2403253,

The logitech ultra-thin keyboard cover is probably the most like Microsoft's cover. This will just be Apple's overpriced version (although the available models already seem overpriced to me).

RE: Already exists
By sprockkets on 10/21/2013 11:58:21 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but just like the smart cover, expect some nice integration only apple can do.

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