Apple CEO Tim Prepare dinner took a thinly veiled jab at Microsoft and Windows PC makers yesterday, saying that the notion of a hybrid pill/pocket book requires so many trade-offs that no one finally ends up being joyful ultimately.
“You possibly can converge a toaster and a fridge, however these issues are most likely not going to be pleasing to the consumer,” he stated.
Nicely, what about this? A newly launched Kickstarter project securely attaches a really Mac-like aluminum keyboard to the iPad and connects to the Apple system through Bluetooth, turning it into one thing like a MacBook Air — in look, a minimum of.
The project, referred to as Brydge, is in search of to lift $90,000 through the crowd-sourced funding web site, with individuals who pledge a minimum of $150 getting a primary model of the keyboard accent, with out audio system.
Pledges of $180 or extra will get a model of the accent with audio system, fixing the issue of the iPad’s not-so-loud audio (as explored in detail recently by Andru Edwards on GeekWire.)
How’s this for good luck? The timing of the Brydge Kickstarter launch and Prepare dinner’s feedback had been purely coincidence, stated Sam Gordon, one of many folks behind the project.
So what do they consider the Apple CEO’s statements?
“My take away from Tim Prepare dinner’s feedback is that he was referring extra to software program incompatibility of making a laptop computer with a contact display, fairly than any downside with combining a keyboard with an iPad,” Gordon stated through electronic mail. “We consider that Brydge is the proper companion for an iPad — it provides you the power to be productive with the keyboard while you want it, it’s very transportable and simple to regulate or take away in case you want a horizontal service.”
CNet Information.com reported on the Brydge project earlier today. Right here’s a video with extra.