According to ex-Apple Developer Relations employee and industry analyst Jamie
Ryan (via _Gizmodo UK_), Apple has been testing a first-party keyboard case to
be potentially released alongside the upcoming fifth-generation iPad. The case
itself would reportedly be similar in nature to Microsoft's Touch Cover, which
is made for the Surface line of tablets.
> I’ve been speaking to a couple of people at Apple for the last few days and
they have told me that a case for the full size iPad that mimics Microsofts
touch cover has been prototyped. It’s not clear whether the process is far
enough along to make this Tuesdays event but they did say a few different
styles had been in testing for a while.
Ryan also adds that the primary motivation behind the development of the case
is that Apple's current Bluetooth keyboard is not as integrated as Microsoft's
Touch Cover, and that Apple is interested to create a better keyboard solution
for the full-size iPad in order to distinguish it from the iPad mini. The
analyst also adds that other cover-like accessories are also being looked at
However, Ryan stresses that the covers being tested are prototypes ...