An iPad functions wonderfully, even without a keyboard. Most people, however, prefer using a physical keyboard, especially for long typing sessions. This essentially turns your iPad into a laptop, combining the utility of a traditional computer with the versatility of your shiny iPad.

Compared with the on-screen keyboard, the physical keyboard is easier for less casual work such as word processing and emails. Keyboard cases allow you to leave your laptop at home and move anywhere with your versatile and portable iPad. The keyboard case you opt for basically depends on your personal preferences.

So, Can You Use a Wireless Keyboard?

Yes, any iPad can be connected with a wireless keyboard via Bluetooth. Unlike most wired keyboards designed for use by a specific iPad model, all wireless keyboards are compatible with any iPad.

However, if there is a wireless keyboard specifically designed for the iPad model, it's recommended that you choose it. To pair a keyboard to your iPad, turn it on, move to your iPad settings, and click on Bluetooth. Allow it to search for devices, and once the keyboard appears, tap on it to pair.


How to Choose the Best Keyboard?

Below are some of the top things that will help you pick a perfect apple ipad keyboard.

Frequency of use

If you use your keyboard a lot, it is convenient to have it built into a case. It will protect your device, and you will always type with ease.

On the other hand, if you use it occasionally, building it into a case will be inconvenient. You will find it bulky. You can purchase a stand-alone keyboard instead since it is flexible.


This is the first thing to consider when purchasing a keyboard. Most of the keyboard cases are built based on the generation of your iPad. Some are built for first-generation iPads and others for the iPad 2. Always check whether your keyboard is compatible with your iPad.


Most of the cases do not add much bulk, but there are still size variations. The tiny and compact keyboards provide an advantage due to their portability. On the other hand, they provide little typing space. Additionally, they may not hold your iPad properly and may slide down when on an uneven surface or your lap.

Meanwhile, heavier cases provide more firm support. However, they may end up being bulky, thus losing the portability advantage.

Keyboard keys

Most iPad keyboards are made of a sheet of continuous rubber, which leaves no space between the keys. The merit side of such keyboards is that rubber is light and also spill-resistant. The disadvantage is that they don't give the feeling of a normal keyboard. They do not produce the normal clicking sound and thus leave you not sure whether you clicked on a key or not.

The only option is a keyboard with separate keys, which may come with its own limitations, such as bulkiness.

Usage scenarios/orientations

If you wish to use your iPad as a tablet [with portrait orientation], the best choice is a thin folio-style keyboard. This is light and supports this usage scenario.

For landscape display, a laptop-style keyboard is the best. It provides a variety of angles to view the screen.

Final Verdict

Most people choose an iPad over a laptop due to its portability advantage. Therefore, as you go shopping for the best keyboard, portability remains a key factor. However, a balance between this portability and the functionality of the keyboard has to be achieved. The first step in achieving this balance is clearly understanding the reason you need the keyboard for.