About this project
Among the spectrum of iPad typists, there's a zealous bunch that swear by the Apple Wireless Keyboard.
And what's not to love?
Its full-size width, familiar key-spacing and responsive tactile feel are all packed into a svelte form-factor that could only come out of Cupertino.
But for all its virtues, the enduring niggle with the Apple Wireless Keyboard is that you had to carry it around separately from your iPad.
Enter the Touchtype case.
The Touchtype case is an iPad case that can also hold the Apple Wireless Keyboard.Hide-away, Slide-away Storage.
The Touchtype case stores the Apple Wireless Keyboard underneath the iPad — not on top (like most other keyboard cases). This means you have direct access to your iPad as soon as you open the cover. To use the keyboard, just move aside the elastic restraining loops and slide it out from the pocket. There when you need it, gone when you don't.
It's a Stand, Too.
The Touchtype case doubles as an iPad stand. Simply fold the cover back and slide it into the tab on the back (similar to Apple's iPad 1 Case) and enjoy your perfect typing angle. Works with the keyboard in or out.
Fit one, Fit All.
The Touchtype case uses tense elastic to keep the iPad firmly in place. This allows it to easily adjust itself to any iPad (including the iPad 3 / new iPad). Since all the straps are symmetrically placed, you can put in your iPad with the Home button on the left or the right. The Touchtype case even has built-in magnets on either side to wake and sleep your iPad in whatever orientation you choose. There's no such thing as wrong way round or upside down.
The Portrait Trick.
Some people really like to orient the iPad in portrait mode when they want to do some heavy typing. If you're one of those people, then the Touchtype case has a trick to show you. Laying flat, hidden underneath the iPad lies a second set of elastic straps. Simply rotate the iPad and slide it into these straps and revel in your vertical typing bliss.
Thin Will Always Be In.
Why should Apple struggle to make the iPad thinner only to have it imprisoned in chunky keyboard cases? The Touchtype case understands the iPad's pain. Every design decision when making the case was in pursuit of thinness.
Now the Hard Part.
The Touchtype case comes in either a smooth gray polyurethane, a "wild espresso" leather, or a luxurious black leather. And the leather is not the tough, plasticky, "just so we can say it's leather" type of leather. It's the real deal made from top layer buffalo hide, with characteristic natural grains and that unmistakeable genuine leather smell. Regardless of which one you choose, you're sure to love it.
So far, I've successfully submitted a patent application and had some prototypes made.
In addition, I've managed to front some of the money to get a small shipment of gray and espresso cases produced (this is why some early-bird rewards ship earlier than others). See Update #1 for more details about them.
Just go to http://www.touchtypecase.com and sign up for the newsletter. I'll send out an update once it's available for general sale (after all the early backer specials have been shipped, of course).
What a thoughtful question.
I was really worried about the cases getting lost in transit. That's why I insisted on only sending them out via a method that had some form of tracking. For within the US, the cases will be sent using US Post Office Priority Mail with delivery confirmation. For Canada and International shipments they'll be sent via registered mail. This means that the post office will internally track the package until it reaches you.
Also note that registered mail takes longer to reach its destination than regular mail (due to the special handling), but the added security is worth it in the long run.
Funny you should ask!
I just posted an update that talks about the qualities of wild espresso leather and how it got its name. Here's the link!
Err… no. :-)
The case is just the case itself. You'll need to provide your own keyboard (and iPad for that matter) to get it up and running. This is also a great feature for international folks who may be frustrated with not being able to find iPad keyboard cases in their respective keyboard layout. Now they can just buy the Apple Keyboard in the language of their choice.
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