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iPad Pro: the backlit keyboard with trackpad is coming soon

By Giacomo Martiradonna Friday 28 February 2020

Apple is working on the new iPad Pro coming in the coming months. They will also be supported by a keyboard with scissor mechanism and backlighting.

February 28, 2020 update

Forget the rubbery keyboard built into the iPad Pro covers. Apple is working on one new generation of tablet keyboard that will have nothing to envy to that of the Mac.

iPad Pro, 5G model with mmwave support coming soon

iPad Pro, 5G model with mmwave support coming soon

Not just iPhone. Apple is working on an iPad Pro with 5G and support for mmwave ultra-fast networks. This is revealed by well-informed sources of DigiTimes.

While third-party manufacturers integrate the trackpad into the iPad keyboard, Apple works to add scissor mechanism and backlight on the Smart Keyboard, and above all a trackpad.

The keyboard

The scissor mechanism, a type of mechanics that has been in use on Apple laptops for many years, is retired prematurely with the butterfly mechanism MacBook Pro 2016. Since then, it has taken a Class Action, a free repair program and the introduction of a second generation of keyboards to understand that this type of mechanics it just doesn't work. And that's why, with the MacBook Pro 2016, Apple returned to the past.

So it's no surprise that a new type of keyboard for the iPad Pro actually integrates old and more reliable technologies. According to Digitimes, in Cupertino they intend to "extend the adoption of a keyboard with a backlit scissor mechanism to be used on the next generation of iPad" by the second half of the year.

Trackpad for iPad

According to a new rumor that has emerged in the last few hours, Apple has been working on a "Trackpad for iPad for many years" and now it will finally come integrated into an additional keyboard. It is not clear what advantages it will bring as a gift compared to the touch screen, nor what the final design will be (a trackpad takes up a lot of space, and not that there is much in the 12.9 "of an iPad Pro, if we add the keyboard as well) but a lot.

If the rumors are correct, the mass production, which means that after the summer we should witness the launch of the new iPads and accessories, probably with a 3D camera and 5G support.