You can use both an Apple Wireless Keyboard and the iPad Keyboard Dock with your iPad. Learn what each has to offer, and what special features you get when using an external keyboard instead of the on-screen keyboard.
Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. On todays episode let’s look at using the iPad with the Apple wireless keyboard. It’s one of the great things about the iPad is you can combine it with an apple wireless keyboard or most modern bluetooth keyboards and use this to type on this. Lets take a look at how it works. So here I’ve got the blue tooth keyboard and my iPad right next to it let me connect the two of them. I’ll go to settings and then under general settings – bluetooth it will look for keyboards and it’s gonna see one there and it says its not paired to it I’ve turned on the keyboard by pressing the button here and you can see it’s blinking showing that it is receiving a signal. So i’m going to click right there and it’s going to communicate with it. And it’s going to present me with a five digit code which I have to do to in order to pair the two keyboards together. So there it is an actual six digit code. I’ll enter that in. It’s just a random number. And i’ll press the return key and then you can see it’ll say “connected to the keyboard”. So now let’s go to an application. Let’s go to pages for instance and then I can type in the keyboard here. And the text will come up just as if I was typing on screen keyboard. Notice it didn’t put the onscreen keyboard there automatically. Now there’s all sorts of special things you can do but the first thing I wanna point out is you can use the arrow keys here. So if you’re used to using arrow keys for editing this is very useful you can also use it in conjunction with the shift key and hit select you can cut copy and paste using command X C and V. You can even undo with command z. The keys at the top of the keyboard do special things as well as you would expect you can adjust the brightness with that key there. You also can use the play keys here for the iPod software on the iPad. And you can use the volume keys as well and they work just fine. One of the most useful keys is the eject key changes to bring up the onscreen keyboard or close it. So sometimes there’s special keys you that wanna hit here depending on the application you wanna bring that up. So i’ve heard that the iPad doesn’t work with the oldest apple wireless keyboard. And likewise it might not work with some older bluetooth keyboards as well. But it works fine with some of those popular fold up travel bluetooth keyboards that work with palm devices. It connects with those just fine and you can type with em. Of course you don’t have some of these special keys. Now of course if you want to go another route you can go with the apple iPad keyboard dock. This isn’t a wireless keyboard. This is basically a dock with a keyboard attached to it and it has some special keys that are just for iPad users. So the keys at the top of the keyboard are only special keys they are not f keys. The first one is one that makes the home button on the device and there’s one that goes to the search screen. There’s brightness buttons. There’s one that launches picture frame mode. There’s one that opens and closes the on screen keyboard. There’s play rewind and next buttons. Volume buttons and all the way at the right a lock button. So which one is better? Well I think the bluetooth keyboard has a big edge. First of all you can use it with other devices like your mac and other bluetooth keyboard compatible devices. Second of all you can use it in any orientation you want. So for instance with the iPad keyboard dock you have to dock the iPad so it’s got to be in vertical orientation. Well what happens if you want to type in horizontal mode or what happens if there’s an app like keno that only works in horizontal mode. That’s a real problem but with this you can kind of position your iPad however you want depending upon the cage or stand you have for your iPad. And of course this is a little more portable, easy to carry around than the dock. So if you found this look at iPad keyboards useful till next time this is Gary Rosenzweig with MacMost Now.