Aluminum keyboard is a perfect match for new iPad Pro

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Brydge for 2018 iPad Pro makes this tablet into a notebook.
Brydge for 2018 iPad Pro makes this tablet into a notebook.
Photo: Brydge

New aluminum iPad Pro keyboards from Brydge fully embrace the concept of turning the tablet into a laptop.

The company is teasing the clip-on keyboards with images that show off their beautiful all-aluminum casings and backlit keys.

Much has been made of benchmark scores that show the 2018 iPad Pro is faster than a 13-inch MacBook Pro. And the tablet’s new USB-C port makes it rival Apple’s laptops even more closely. Brydge’s sweet upcoming keyboards could help make the transformation from tablet into laptop complete.

Brydge already makes similar accessories for all Apple’s current models. Clips that also serve as hinges join keyboard to tablet. Bluetooth is used to communicate with the iPad Pro.

Brydge’s 2018 iPad Pro keyboard

At this point, the Brydge for 2018 iPad Pro has only been teased with images but no specifications. That said, the upcoming versions for Apple’s latest appear to be very similar to the current ones.

There'll be both 11- and 12.9-inch versions of this 2018 iPad Pro keyboard.
There’ll be both 11- and 12.9-inch versions of this 2018 iPad Pro keyboard.
Photo: Brydge

The clips that connect keyboard to iPad must have been a challenge. They can only attach at the screen bezels, and Apple significantly shrank these in the current model.

There will definitely be versions for both the new 12.9- and 11-inch tablets. What each of these will cost is one of the specs that hasn’t been revealed yet. But Brydge makes premium products and charges for them accordingly. Its keyboard for the old 12.9-inch iPad Pro costs $149.99, for example.

The Brydge for 2018 iPad Pro is set to arrive “early next year.” Anyone interested can sign up on the Brydge website to be notified when the next-gen iPad Pro keyboard becomes available.