Best 2020 iPad Pro keyboard cases available at launch

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Apple Smart Keyboard Folio for the 2020 iPad Pro
An updated Apple Smart Keyboard Folio is one of the best keyboards available now for the 2020 iPad Pro.
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Adding an extra camera lens and LiDAR to the 2020 iPad Pro changed the design enough that virtually all keyboard cases designed for its predecessor can’t be used with the new model. And Apple’s own Magic Keyboard won‘t debut for months.

Still, there are already a couple of keyboard cases available for people expecting a new iPad Pro to arrive this week.

Logitech creates keyboard folio and mouse for 2020 iPad Pro

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Logitech Slim Folio Pro and
Add a keyboard and mouse to your 2020 iPad Pro with new options from Logitech.
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The Logitech Slim Folio Pro adds a backlit keyboard to the just-announced 2020 iPad Pro or its predecessor. It doesn’t include a trackpad, but the Logitech Pebble i345 is a mouse designed to be used with any iPad.

Logitech Combo Touch is a Magic Keyboard alternative for other iPads

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Who needs a new iPad Pro?
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Apple’s brilliant new Magic Keyboard is going to make working on iPad Pro better than ever before — but what if you don’t own an iPad Pro? Logitech has you covered with its new Combo Touch keyboard case.

Just like the Magic Keyboard, the Combo Touch boasts real, backlit keys and a built-in trackpad. Unlike the Magic Keyboard, it also offers functions keys, and it’s pretty affordable at just $149.

10.2-inch iPad owners get new keyboard case options from Zagg

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Zagg Slim Book Go and Zagg Rugged Messenger for 10.2-inch iPad
Both these Zagg keyboard folios are made specifically for the latest budget iPad.
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Zagg today increased the number of keyboard folios in its product lineup designed for the 2019 iPad. The latest versions of the Slim Book Go and Rugged Messenger fit this 10.2-inch tablet exactly.

Earlier this month, a version of the Zagg Messenger Folio for this newest iPad also hit store shelves.

Apple said to be planning new iPad Pro keyboard with built-in trackpad

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iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard
Apple wants to make iPad Pro an even better laptop replacement.
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Apple plans to deliver a brand-new iPad Pro keyboard with a built-in trackpad, according to a new report.

The accessory is will take advantage of mouse compatibility in iPadOS, and is aimed at making iPad Pro a better laptop alternative. Foxconn, Apple’s largest manufacturing partner, is said to be preparing for mass-production ahead of a launch later this year.

Doqo turns iPad Pro into MacBook with 7 ports [Review]

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Doqo keyboard with 12.9-inch iPad Pro
The Doqo keyboard with 12.9-inch iPad Pro has advantages even over a MacBook.
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Anyone who longs for the days when MacBooks came with tons of ports can look to the Doqo, an iPad Pro keyboard case that includes a pair of USB-A ports, HDMI, memory card readers, and more. There’s also a trackpad and full-size keyboard. This could be the touchscreen laptop you’ve been hoping for.

I’ve extensively used the Doqo keyboard with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and explore its advantages and problems in this review.

Doqo iPad Pro keyboard with trackpad also offers 7-port hub

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Doqo keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Doqo keyboard is designed to make an iPad Pro into a touchscreen MacBook.
Photo: Doqo

Doqo is an upcoming USB-C keyboard for the iPad Pro with a MacBook-sized trackpad, a 7-in-1 hub, and a built-in battery.

It’s one of several clip-on keyboards that promise to give Apple’s professional tablets many of the same features as a MacBook.

You might never get to buy this amazing iPad keyboard [Review]

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Sentis Libra iPad keyboard with trackpad
An iPad Pro with Sentis Libra attached could be mistaken for a MacBook.
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The Sentis Libra gives an iPad Pro a keyboard and trackpad, allowing it to act as both a tablet and a laptop — something no MacBook can do.

However, rival keyboard maker Brydge accuses Sentis of using its patented design. Cult of Mac has both a Libra prototype and the most recent Brydge Pro, and we compare the two and let everyone judge whether the accusations made against this device stand up.

The Libra is undoubtedly great, including a highly-functional trackpad. So the real question is, who deserves credit for the design?