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New Keyboard Cover Could Boost iPad 5’s Business Potential

New Keyboard Cover Could Boost iPad 5’s Business Potential
Rumors say Apple will debut a new keyboard cover for the next iPad. / Credit: Apple

A rumored keyboard cover for Apple's upcoming iPad could make it a better tablet for business users.

The so-called iPad 5 is expected to be unveiled tomorrow (Oct. 22), and rumors suggest Apple might also show off a keyboard "smart cover," akin to the sturdy, snap-on Type Cover that debuted with Microsoft's Surface tablet last year.

Third-party wireless keyboard add-ons are already available for current iPad models, but the rumored cover would be the first full QWERTY keyboard for iPad that doubles as a screen protector.

A former Apple employee revealed that the company has completed a prototype for the keyboard smart cover, CNET reports. However, Apple has not confirmed that the add-on will debut at tomorrow's event.

If it does, it could make Apple's tablet a better option for on-the-go business users. It could also make the iPad more viable for bring-your-own-device offices, where access to a reliable keyboard is required.

Reports suggest the iPad 5 will be a more business-friendly device overall. It's expected to pack a faster processor — either Apple's A6X chip or the faster 64-bit A7 chip that debuted on the iPhone 5s — for quicker multitasking and speedier browsing.

Rumors also suggest that the iPad 5 will maintain the impressive 12-hour battery life of its predecessor, despite the increased processing speed, so business users can stay productive while on the go.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.

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