Apple is tipped to release a new iPad accessory this year. According to a new report, an iPad keyboard with a built-in trackpad could be incoming. It is rumored to be released alongside the next version of iPad Pro later this year. The leak comes after Apple was reported to bring an updated Smart Keyboard with a scissor-switch design. It could be similar to the design we have on the 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The latest development comes from The Information. It claims that Apple could be readying a new iPad keyboard with a built-in trackpad. Apple markets the iPad as an alternative to Windows laptops. Hence, by adding a trackpad to the keyboard, the company would be able to make the iPad Pro a better substitute for laptops. The report says the new iPad Pro Smart Keyboard will be "made of materials similar" to the current Smart Keyboard options. Further, Foxconn is claimed to be one of the "main manufacturers" of the new Smart Keyboard.
The exact launch date of the new accessory is still unknown. However, the report goes on to say that it will be launched sometime “later this year”, possible alongside the iPad Pro. The tablet is said to come with a triple rear camera setup, which is similar to the one seen on the iPhone 11 Pro models. The company is also rumored to have plans to integrate a 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor on the new iPad Pro model. It may enable new augmented reality (AR) and camera experiences.
With the built-in trackpad in the Smart Keyboard, Apple would give a tough fight to Microsoft's Surface and Samsung's Galaxy tablets.