Logitech Debuts Trackpad Keyboards for 10.2-Inch iPad and 10.5-Inch iPad Air

Apple today announced that iPadOS 13.4 will feature trackpad support for all iPad Pro models, the iPad Air 2 and later, the fifth-generation iPad and later, and the iPad mini 4 and later. The software update will be released on March 24.

Trackpad support paves the way for Apple's new Magic Keyboard for 2018 and later iPad Pro models, coming in May, as well as third-party options.

Logitech's new keyboard with built-in trackpad for 10.5-inch iPad Air

Logitech today introduced new keyboard cases with built-in trackpads for the 10.2-inch iPad and the 10.5-inch iPad Air, both priced at $149.95 in the United States. The keyboards have been listed on Apple's online store, although they are not yet available. The keyboards will connect to the Smart Connector on each iPad, with no batteries required.

The full-sized keyboards feature an integrated trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support, backlit keys, a full row of iPadOS shortcut keys, a kickback stand with 50-degree tilt, and four usage modes for typing, viewing, reading, and sketching. The case adds some protection to the iPad and includes a holder for the original Apple Pencil or Logitech Crayon.

The keyboard case for the 10.5-inch iPad Air is also compatible with the older 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

We'll provide an update when the keyboards are available to order.

In related news, Logitech has also released updated folio cases for the new iPad Pro models to accommodate the larger rear camera cutout.
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Unreleased iPad Filed in Eurasian Database

Apple today filed an unreleased iPad model A2229 in the Eurasian Economic Commission database, as confirmed by MacRumors. The tablet is listed as running iPadOS 13, but it is unclear if it is an iPad, iPad Pro, or iPad mini.


In January, noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecasted that Apple will launch refreshed iPad Pro models with a triple-lens rear camera system and 3D sensing for augmented reality in the first half of 2020, although it is unclear if the COVID-19 pandemic has changed that plan. Earlier this month, Kuo said new iPad Pro, iPad mini, and 10.2-inch iPad models with Mini-LED backlit displays will be released by the end of 2021.

Eurasian Economic Commission filings like these have foreshadowed the release of new Apple products on numerous occasions over the years, including multiple Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro, Apple Watch, and AirPods models. The filings are legally required for any encrypted devices sold in Russia and select other countries.


The time between these Eurasian filings and Apple announcing new products can vary from days to months. March is a common month for Apple to launch new products, including new Powerbeats this morning, so it is possible that at least one new iPad model could be announced with a press release at some point this month. MacRumors learned that a new MacBook Air is also possible as early as this week.
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Apple Launches Repair Program for Blank Screen Issue Affecting Third-Generation iPad Air

Apple today launched a repair program for third-generation iPad Air models that are affected by a bug that can cause the screen to go suddenly and permanently go blank.

Apple has determined that, under certain circumstances, the screen on a limited number of iPad Air (3rd generation) devices may go blank permanently. A brief flicker or flash may appear before the screen goes blank.
Apple says that affected devices were manufactured between March 2019 and October 2019, and that any iPad experiencing this issue will be repaired by Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider free of charge.

Customers who have an ‌iPad‌ Air with a screen that's gone blank should find an Apple Authorized Service Provider, make an appointment at an Apple retail location, or contact Apple support to arrange a mail-in service through the Apple Repair Center.

The new repair program covers affected third-generation ‌iPad‌ Air models for two years after the first retail sale of the unit.

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Apple Begins Selling Refurbished 2019 iPad Air and iPad Mini 5 Models

Apple today began selling certified refurbished third-generation iPad Air and fifth-generation iPad mini models in the United States for the first time since the devices were released in March 2019.

A wide selection of refurbished iPad Air and iPad mini 5 models are available, including configurations with Wi-Fi or LTE, 64GB or 256GB storage, and Space Gray, Gold, or Silver finishes. Prices are discounted by around 15 percent compared to the equivalent brand new models on Apple.com.


Apple says certified refurbished iPad models are thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, and repackaged in a new white box, with all accessories and documentation included. Every refurbished iPad receives a new battery and a new outer shell, making them virtually indistinguishable from brand new iPads.

Every refurbished iPad is covered by Apple's standard one-year warranty effective on the date the tablet is delivered. The coverage can be extended to two years from the refurbished purchase date with AppleCare+, which costs $69 or $3.49 per month for the latest iPad Air and iPad mini in the United States.

While certified refurbished iPads represent a decent opportunity for savings straight from Apple, better deals are often available from resellers like Amazon and Best Buy. Be sure to monitor our Apple Deals roundup.

(Thanks, Shanmugam Senthivel!)

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Apple May Release Smart Keyboard With Scissor Switches Alongside 2020 iPads

Apple may release a Smart Keyboard with a scissor switch design for its next-generation iPad or iPad Pro models, suggests Taiwanese industry publication DigiTimes, although full details are not available yet.

A paywalled preview of the report vaguely claims that "Apple's next-generation iPad series reportedly will feature a scissor switch keyboard," which is presumably referring to an accessory rather than a built-in hardware keyboard. The full report should be released tomorrow with more details.


In July 2019, reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that iPad keyboards would stick with a rubber dome design rather than scissor switches in 2020-21, adding further uncertainty to this report.

Apple switched to a butterfly mechanism for its MacBook Pro keyboard in 2016, and after years of issues with sticky or unresponsive keys, it finally returned to a scissor switch design with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro last October. Kuo expects the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air to follow suit in 2020.

We'll update this post when the full report is released.

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Tutorials, Tips and Tricks for New iPad Owners

Get a new iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air or iPad Pro for the holidays? If so, you may want to check out our extensive collection of iPad how tos and guides to learn the ins and outs of your new tablet.

Even if you've had an iPad before, if you're upgrading to a new model, there are new features to get acquainted with, such as the addition of Face ID and the lack of a Home button in the iPad Pro, and Apple Pencil support across the entire lineup. Below, we've organized our most useful iPad-related how tos into categories for quick access.


Beginner Tips

Useful iPad Features

Using iOS 13

Hidden Tricks

Important Security Tips

In-Depth Guides


If there are iOS/iPadOS 13 features you want to learn more about, make sure to take a look through the list of in-depth guides that we have below. We also have guides covering Apple's most popular services and products.

Must-Watch Videos


We've also created several iPad-related tutorial videos that are well worth watching if you have one of Apple's new devices.







Selling Your Old iPad


If you're planning to sell or give away your old iPad now that you have a new model to play with, make sure to check out our detailed guide on how to cleanly erase your old devices to get rid of all your data.

More Info


Have any useful iPad-related tips and tricks that other MacRumors readers should know? Share them in the comments!

If you want to know more about Apple's iPad lineup, make sure to check out our full roundups with complete details on the different tablets: iPad Pro, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad.

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Deals Spotlight: 2019 256GB iPad Air Discounted to $597 on Amazon ($52 Off, Lowest Ever)

Amazon over the weekend introduced a new deal on Apple's latest iPad Air, bringing the 256GB model down to a new low price. You can get the 10.5-inch iPad Air (Wi-Fi, 256GB) for $597.00, down from $649.00 ($52 off).

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This is the lowest price we've tracked at the major Apple resellers for this iPad Air, and it's available in Silver and Gold. The Space Gray model is not seeing as steep of a discount at the time of writing.

Although they aren't lowest-ever prices, Amazon also has discounts on the 64GB Wi-Fi iPad Air ($459.00, $40 off) and the 256GB cellular iPad Air ($727.00, $52 off).

The iPad Air was recently updated in March 2019 with a new 10.5-inch display, a Touch ID Home button, headphone jack, A12 Bionic processor, and support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. The new iPad Air models sit in the middle of Apple's tablet lineup, allowing users to get some of the features of the higher-end iPad Pro lineup at a lower cost, thanks to the exclusion of upgrades like an edge-to-edge display and TrueDepth camera system.

For deals like today's and many more, be sure head to our full Deals Roundup.

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Deals Spotlight: 2019 iPad Air Discounted to New Low Prices (Up to $52 Off)

The latest iPad Air is receiving a notable discount this week at Amazon, with up to $52 off select models of the 2019 tablet.

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This includes both Wi-Fi and cellular devices, with prices starting at $579 for the 64GB cellular iPad Air and rising from there. As a note, every price listed below is the current lowest-ever price for these models.

2019 iPad Air Sale


Apple updated the iPad Air in March 2019 with a new 10.5-inch display, Touch ID, headphone jack, A12 Bionic processor, and support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

You can discover sales like a new iPhone 7 offer from AT&T and many more in our full Deals Roundup.

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Deals Spotlight: Get the 2019 10.5-Inch iPad Air for $50 Off (Lowest Ever)

Amazon is discounting Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Air by $50 across numerous models, including both W-Fi and cellular configurations.

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Prices start at $449.99 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and rise from there. Across the board, these are the lowest prices ever seen on each iPad Air, which was just updated in March.

2019 iPad Air Sale


  • Wi-Fi, 64GB - $449.99, down from $499.00 ($49 off, lowest ever)

  • Wi-Fi, 256GB - $599.00, down from $649.00 ($50 off, lowest ever)

  • Cellular, 64GB - $579.99, down from $629.00 ($49 off, lowest ever)

  • Cellular, 256GB - $729.00, down from $779.00 ($50 off, lowest ever)
The new iPad Air has a 10.5-inch display with Touch ID, a headphone jack, A12 Bionic processor, Apple Pencil support, and Smart Keyboard support.

Our full Deals Roundup has even more information on the latest sales and bargains going on this week.

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iPad Air vs. Microsoft’s Surface Go: Which Is a Better Laptop Replacement?

Apple's iPad Air, which was resurrected in March as essentially a tweaked version of the previous 10.5-inch iPad Pro, offers a significant amount of utility at a solid $499 price point, but how does it compare to other competitors in the market?

In his latest video, MacRumors videographer Dan compared the iPad Air to Microsoft's Surface Go to determine which one he liked better for on-the-go computing.

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For this comparison, Dan decided to focus on using the iPad Air and the Surface Go as somewhat of a laptop replacement. The iPad Air starts at $499 while the Surface Go comes in at a $399 base price, but in an effort to look at these as potential laptop replacements Dan opted to consider the devices equipped with first-party keyboard accessories, which pushes the iPad Air up to $659 and the Surface Go to $529.

In his video, Dan shares his impressions on the design and features of each, including important productivity accessories like respective keyboards and styluses.

As potential laptop replacements, performance is really where the rubber meets the road, and Dan came away somewhat unimpressed with the Surface Go. He wanted to like its relatively full-fledged Windows 10 operating system, and it was fine for basic tasks like emails, web browsing, and document writing, but he found things bogging down a bit when trying to multitask.

With the iPad Air, you don't really get a desktop-class operating system, at least for now, but it generally works very well when you need to multitask, switching easily among Safari, Messages, Notes, Mail, iWork and more with no performance issues. And with iPadOS 13 coming later this year, the iPad will become even more powerful.

So where do we come down on the iPad Air versus the Surface Go? It's a challenging comparison considering they have some significant spec differences and everyone's use case is different. Overall, Dan found the iPad Air to offer a more enjoyable user experience, although it's not quite a laptop replacement. But neither is the Surface Go in his experience, and he wonders whether it isn't better to just point someone toward a Chromebook or more traditional Windows notebook if they're looking for a cheap laptop experience.

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