ZAGG, the maker of the Invisible Shield, is teasing a thinner and lighter backlit keyboard case that will be compatible with Apple’s rumored iPad 5 tablet. Though Apple has not announced the iPad 5 yet, the iOS-maker has announced an event later this month on October 22, a date that’s believed by many tech writers to debut Apple’s fifth generation tablet.
According to leaks, the iPad 5 will come with slimmed down bezels and a design style that will closely resemble the design that Apple introduced on the smaller iPad mini. And though the overall footprint of the iPad will shrink from the iPad 4 to the iPad 5, Apple’s forthcoming full-sized tablet will still retain a 9.7-inch Retina Display according to early leaks.
In the case of ZAGG’s Folio Keyboard case, we’re seeing the accessory in both black and white colors. The Folio Keyboard case for the iPad 5 actually looks to closely resemble the same accessory built for the iPad mini. The Folio Keyboard will offer protection for the rear of the tablet as the tablet will slip into the case portion and when the device is closed, the keyboard portion will protect the iPad’s screen for travel. When opened, the Folio Keyboard essentially transforms the tablet into a clamshell laptop form factor with full-sized keys for productivity.
According to 9to5 Mac, ZAGG is asking consumers to sign up with their email addresses to be notified when the keyboard accessory will become available for purchase.
The only downside with using the case is that the hinge may hinder the usability of calling up the Control Center panel as a gesture from the bottom to the top is needed to bring up that menu. With the hinge obscuring the area to produce that gesture, it will be hard to call up Control Center.
That said, in the past the ZAGG keyboards have received high review marks on GottaBeMobile and we anticipate the Folio Keyboard for the iPad 5 to perform equally as well.