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Touch type on an iPad without an external keyboard with iKeyboard! #MacWorld

I do a lot of typing on my iPad so I have a number of external Bluetooth keyboards. Some are built in to an iPad case and others are standalone units but they all have one thing in common... They use batteries. This was evident on the long flight home from CES when my keyboard ran out of power.


Enter the iKeyboard. In fact, I'm typing this article using one! The iKeyboard is an overlay for the iPad's built in virtual keyboard, in landscape mode. It stays in place using a sticky backing yet it can be applied and removed repeatedly with no residue.


The iKeyboard is essentially a plastic frame with clear rounded 'domes' above each key. When you touch the key, there is a physical response and you can hear the click as well, so touch typing is possible. And unlike a Bluetooth keyboard, autocomplete still works, so you might be able to type faster!





The iKeyboard is thin enough that you can close the Apple Smart Cover without removing it. The iKeyboard is available in white or black and currently supports the default US English keyboard, but more keyboard formats might be available in the future. See www.iKeyboard.com for more info.



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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.