Archos must be in a benevolent mood: it first posted a version of its Video Player app for competing Android devices, and now it's selling the keyboard technology of its Gen10 XS tablets to those using an entirely different platform. Its Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad offers a familiar 0.2-inch thick, Smart Cover-like peripheral for full-size Apple tablets from the iPad 2 through to the latest generation. The design naturally switches over to iOS-native keyboard shortcuts, and there's even an iPad-only advantage in the adjustable kickstand. Americans can buy the keyboard in March for $79; believing that Archos would downplay its core business will remain optional.
Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad Unveiled by ARCHOS Design
Based on the popular ARCHOS Gen10 tablet coverboard, this is the thinnest iPad Keyboard available
Denver, CO – January 24, 2013 - ARCHOS, a pioneer in multimedia portable devices, is pleased to announce the ARCHOS Design Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad, a magnetic Bluetooth full QWERTY keyboard for 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations. The Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad was created by a new division in ARCHOS that will be dedicated to sharing ARCHOS innovations with other brands. With a very similar look and feel to the ARCHOS Gen10 XS coverboard, the Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad is ultra-thin at only 5 mm (0.2'') and features an adjustable kickstand along with an aluminum back casing. Combining the best of both worlds, iPad users can expect this to be available in March for $79 MSRP.
"The needs and wants of today's consumer have changed drastically over the past few years. Consumers expect everything to be smaller, faster, thinner, lighter and aesthetically pleasing," says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO of ARCHOS. "In order to meet this demand we feel that we should share our innovation and design across a number of different platforms."
Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad features include:
Ultra-thin Design – At only 5 mm (0.2'') this is the thinnest iPad Keyboard available; it's almost as thin as a Smart Cover
Adjustable kickstand – Allows one to adjust their iPad for the best viewing experience possible
Magnetic bonding to the iPad – The keyboard is magnetically held to your iPad
Automatic screen switch on/off Function – The iPad will turn on or off when the keyboard is removed or placed in the cover position
Long battery life – Enjoy with your iPad for months thanks to a long battery life via a Bluetooth connection
Aluminum Back casing - Stylish aluminum back casing to match your iPad
Full QWERTY keyboard - Type easily with a full keyboard and work quickly with iOS shortcuts
This product is the first to be released from the new ARCHOS Design accessory line. For more information about ARCHOS Design or ARCHOS products visit www.ARCHOS.com.