Instead of wireless, Griffin’s new iPad keyboard goes…wired?


Griffin’s wired iPad keyboard at first it seems like a ridiculously tardy April Fool’s joke, or a signal that perhaps Nashville has been overcome by some bizarre warping of time; aren’t we supposed to be taking wires away instead of adding them? But under the right conditions, a wired iPad keyboard is actually a smart idea.

Griffin’s Wired Keyboard for iOS Devices is equipped with a one-meter cable, ending in either a 30-pin or Lightning connector, that connects directly with an iOS device. There’s no internal battery to recharge, since power is supplied directly from the iOS device itself through the connection.

The Nashville-based company says it designed the keyboard “specifically with school environments in mind,” which makes perfect sense. Rather than have 30 students wailing about how their iPad’s keyboard won’t turn on — or that Billy has somehow paired his keyboard with Craig’s now hijacked iPad, and is currently sending unpleasant emails to the school’s principal on behalf of Craig — the wired keyboard would be as simple as plugging in. Busy executives (or journalists) could also use it on flights even with their iPads set to Airplane Mode.

The wired keyboard’s popularity outside these scenarios will probably be somewhat limited. At $60, it’s somewhat expensive for a wired keyboard; and untethered typing is just so, well, liberating.

  • Joaquin J.

    I work in a school and I think this is great for the education market. We recently used iPads with wired keyboards for standardized testing and I can’t imagine trying to set up 30+ iPads with Bluetooth connections instead.

  • Brian Voll

    The camera connection kit plus a regular USB keyboard usually works. In the case of Apple’s keyboards, they require too much power.

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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