The iPad isn’t a netbook, but it’s really starting to bite into some of those netbook sales. With the recent FCC approval of the KeyCase iPad Folio, we could see even more of a push in this area. That’s because this particular iPad case happens to pack a QWERTY-flavored punch.
Rather than simply protecting the Apple iPad from the random bump and bruise, the KeyCase iPad Folio takes it one step further by adding a.. you guessed it, a Bluetooth keyboard into the mix. This keyboard can easily slip into the case, propping up the iPad in the process, and effectively giving you an experience closely mirroring that of a netbook.
I’d imagine the Bluetooth connection would pull something away from the iPad’s battery life, but that’s a small price to pay to get whacking some physical keys again. To go back to being as mobile as possible, the Bluetooth keyboard can be totally removed too. Neither the manufacturers nor the FCC have any indication as to a release date or price, but GearZap of the UK is listing the KeyCase iPad Folio for £59.95 (about $90 USD).
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