Logitech Wired Keyboard For iPad
May 23, 2013

Logitech Announces iPad Keyboard For Classrooms

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Logitech announced this week that it has designed a new $60 iPad keyboard made specifically for the classroom environment.

The company said its Logitech Wired Keyboard for iPad is spill-resistant and has a lifespan of more than five million strokes. It also features shortcut keys to help access iPad functions like copy and paste, Siri, volume control and App switching.

“Schools are increasingly purchasing iPads for use in the classroom,” said Mike Culver, vice president and general manager of mobility at Logitech in a recent statement. “While tablets are enabling new ways of teaching and testing, there´s a challenge when a teacher needs to simultaneously pair multiple iPads with multiple wireless Bluetooth keyboards. We developed the Logitech Wired Keyboard for iPad to specifically solve this problem, so students can now simply plug it in and start typing.”

The full-sized keyboard will be available in both a 30-pin Connector and Lightning Connector version, allowing it to connect to both new and old iPads. Logitech will be making the Lightning version of the keyboard available in August this year and the 30-pin version in October.

The company will be showing off its new tool designed for classrooms at the 2013 International Society for Technology in Education conference in San Antonio, Texas from June 23 to 26.

Apple is rumored to be announcing its fifth generation iPad in September this year. Sources say production of the latest tablet will begin soon, with large-scale production kicking off sometime in July. Analysts predict the next-generation iPad will be following the footsteps of Apple's iPad Mini design, making it both thinner and lighter than current models.

“The display of the new iPad, which will hit market shelves as early as September, will still be a 2,048 x 1,536 Retina display, the same as the one used in the 4th-generation model, except that the new display is built on a glass substrate of 0.2mm, thinner than the 0.25mm one for the 4th-generation device,” said an inside source speaking to DigiTimes.

Apple released its new, cheaper iPad mini last year, and it took until February this year for the hot devices to catch up to the demand. Until February, customers in Europe were told they would be waiting for two weeks before their iPad minis would ship. The smaller iPads are not only smaller than original iPads, but they are more affordable, making them easier to purchase for classrooms. Logitech's new Lightning Connector keyboard will be compatible with these smaller iPads.