Concept Images iPad Pro Keyboard with a Trackpad


Designer David Chapman has come up with a new iPad Pro keyboard concept, which also features a trackpad with tactile feedback (via iGeneration). At a glance, it looks like a MacBook. However, the main difference in functionality between an iPad Pro with a trackpad-based keyboard and a Mac would be the software, and not the hardware. 

This trackpad would be multitouch and it would also be used to move from one app to another with the same gestures as on the screen of the tablet. And naturally, it would allow to scroll a web page, a list or any interface that was scrolled from the fingertips until then.

Apple could draw ideas into tvOS which already offers a controlled interface to the trackpad. You could switch between the apps on the home screen by illuminating the icons, as on the Apple TV, and open it with a tap.

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Do you like the idea of an iPad Pro keyboard with an integrated trackpad?


  • DonatelloNinjaTurtle

    Should emphasize the context in which this mockup was done. Specifically Gruber’s idea on The Talk show last week with Jim Dalrymple.

    He thought a touchpad would be nice to have when iPad is docked in the Smart Keyboard cover to reduce the need for touching the screen. Specifically for swiping, scrolling, gestures and most importantly for him, editing and selecting text (when using the screen the keyboard can turn into a trackpad with 2 fingers – this is what seems to have given him the idea as it’s not available when sitting on the keyboard cover).

  • Shameer Mulji

    Agree with Gruber. This is an idea I can get behind.

  • DonatelloNinjaTurtle

    I do too. I use an iPad Pro a lot. And having less need to reach up to the screen would be welcomed.

  • Léoon

    It would be probably very difficult to impossible to implement the trackpad with haptic feedback in a iPad Pro keyboard as it is. The physical size of the Taptic Engine, primarily its thickness would require changes in keyboard thickness as well. On the other hand, just the multitouch trackpad might be useful and not difficult to implement. It’s probably likely to happen.

  • ddkkpp

    Mossberg has taken it a step farther – he thinks there should be an iPad pro model with a permanent clamshell keyboard designed.

  • DonatelloNinjaTurtle

    Really? I must have missed that. Was it in a recent podcast he was on?

    I feel like that would be tough, What I love is that I can pick up just the iPad and really use it like a solid tablet in portrait mode.

  • ddkkpp

    The most recent one. he thinks it should be launched alongside whatever iPad offering is out there, and fit in with the iOS products – not a mac product.

    I think if they got the hinge right, and made it detach-able; i’d be down.

    I have a logitech keyboard case on my iPad, basically 24/7, so it wouldn’t be a huge leap for me.

  • Cornfed710

    It’s funny, I was going to mention Grubers latest episode lol