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Apple’s next iPad to get a fabric backlit smart keyboard: Source

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The technological giant, Apple, is all set to introduce a smarter version of Keyboard for its next iPad that could mimic backlighting, according to new patents. Unlike the more expensive Magic Keyboards, the Smart Keyboards have always lacked the feature and until recently it looked like they always would.

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Previously, the issue with backlighting was that the keyboard required holes in the keyboard, which would negate the Smart Keyboard’s clean design and add space for dust and dirt in between the keys.

However, this new patent by Apple reveals that this smart keyboard could use “fabric items with thermally imprinted light-emitting regions” rather than more traditional LEDs. The tech giant highlights some issues with its design though, saying “if care is not taken, fabric-based items will not have visually appealing illumination, will be too complex to manufacture, or will not have desired patterns of illumination.”

However, as per some experts, it’s very likely that “this design will never see the light of day, especially if it is hard to pull off. But it shows us that Apple is looking at ways to improve its iPad keyboard offerings. Perhaps this is linked to the new iPad Pro’s M1 chip putting it on par with some top laptops on the market”.

It has also been seen as a huge advantage for future iPad users, especially those who want to use it later into the evening, though it’s not all the add-on was missing.

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