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Magnetically combines iPad + your Apple Magic Keyboard. Multi-angle, detachable, patented, auto-adjusting, protective, 2-in-1 design.
Magnetically combines iPad + your Apple Magic Keyboard. Multi-angle, detachable, patented, auto-adjusting, protective, 2-in-1 design.
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World's Most Versatile iPad Keyboard Case — Touchtype Pro

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A home for your Apple Magic Keyboard ...

... that can hide away ...

 ... or completely detach.

A full-size typing experience...

... at different angles ...

...or orientations.

A wraparound design ...

...that protects the corners...

and Apple Pencil...

...with or without the keyboard inside.

*iPad and Apple Magic Keyboard not included.

 If we don't make the stretch goal, you can sign up here to get notified whenever we make the 10.5 version in the future.

Folding the flap under itself, lets the 12.9 Touchtype Pro sit comfortably on your lap.
Folding the flap under itself, lets the 12.9 Touchtype Pro sit comfortably on your lap.

Is Touchtype Pro the best iPad Keyboard case?

While growing up, my family and friends knew me as the “tech guy” and would often ask, “what [phone, laptop, etc.] should I buy?”

Sometimes the answer was clear ("get an iPhone"), but every so often I'd have to ask  "what’s important to you?"

And it’s the same situation here. 

The Touchtype Pro is not for everyone. Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider something else:

Bluetooth: Since it relies on the Apple Magic Keyboard, that means it needs to be recharged separately. It also means that you’ll need to remember to turn it off when you’ve packed it away since key presses can wake up the iPad.

If this is important to you, then I’d recommend the Apple Smart Folio Keyboard as your best bet since it’s the only case that uses the Smart Connector.

Backlighting: Another limitation of the Apple Magic Keyboard is that the keys are not backlit. I like to work in the dark sometimes and  appreciate the subtle key illumination on my Macbook Pro.

There are a few solutions that turn your iPad into a laptop on the market, but I'd personally recommend the Brydge. Like Touchtype, Brydge also got its start on Kickstarter and their keyboard incorporates many features found in today's laptops (i.e, backlighting, adjustable angles).

Weight: Predictably, the Apple Magic Keyboard and extra protection make Touchtype one of the heavier options when the keyboard is inside. Here’s a comparison using the 12.9 iPad Pro as an example:

Apple Smart Keyboard Folio 12.9: 0.9 lb

  • + iPad Pro 12.9”: 1.4 lb
  • + Apple Pencil: .05 lb

Total: 2.35 lb

Brydge 12.9”: 1.51 lb

  • + iPad Pro 12.9”: 1.4 lb
  • + Apple Pencil: .05 lb

Total: 2.96 lb

Touchtype Folio 12.9”: 1.2 lb

  • + iPad Pro 12.9”: 1.4 lb
  • + Apple Pencil: .05 lb

Touchtype Keyboard Case: .25 lb

  • + Apple Magic Keyboard: 0.51 lb

Total: Folio/iPad/Pencil (2.65 lb) + Keyboard/Case (0.76 lb) = 3.41 lb

Without the keyboard, folio portion is lighter (2.65 lb) than the Brydge, but the extra material needed for protection and keyboard connectivity keep whole package three-tenths of a pound heavier than the Smart Keyboard Folio. So if weight is the primary concern — and you can only afford one iPad case — then I’d recommend you go for the Smart Keyboard Folio.
 

Touchtype Pro is the best keyboard for you if…

You’re already using, or would like to explore using, the Apple Magic Keyboard with your iPad.

You already know the Apple Magic Keyboard’s constraints with regards to Bluetooth, backlighting and weight but prefer what it gives you in return — a familiar, full-size, tactile, typing experience.

If this sounds like you, then you’ll love Touchtype Pro.


It’s important to me that you find the best keyboard solution for you — even if it’s not Touchtype — for two reasons.

One, it means that those who do choose Touchtype will be more satisfied since they will have made an informed decision beforehand, after knowing all the pros and cons.

Two, it means that iPad users will be more satisfied with their keyboard choice overall. This, in turn, will put pressure on companies (including Apple) to continue to push the platform forward.


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The Journey So Far...

Believe it or not, I’ve been working on this since the day the iPad launched — nine years ago.

Once everyone discovered that the original iPad was Bluetooth compatible, I made a paper prototype that same week. 

Very first paper prototype
Very first paper prototype

I knew plastic molds were expensive, so I wanted to see if I could make it out of soft materials. Here is one of the early prototypes I got made during a trip to Vietnam.

Early leather-based prototype
Early leather-based prototype

I wasn’t satisfied with the fit and finish so I decided to make a simpler version and launched it on Kickstarter in 2012.

Screenshot from the successful 2012 Kickstarter Campaign.
Screenshot from the successful 2012 Kickstarter Campaign.

My hope was that this would provide the financial runway for me to created the plastic-based case that I really wanted.

Drawings from the initial patent application
Drawings from the initial patent application

But it wasn’t to be.

The manufacturers I was working with had some consistent quality issues  and Apple then released the iPad Air, which weren’t compatible with whatever inventory I had.

Inventory in my garage for the first campaign
Inventory in my garage for the first campaign

It was at this point that I decided to shelve Touchtype.

Fast Forward to Q4 2015. Apple releases the Magic Keyboard, iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. I, and my bank account, had recovered so I felt compelled to give it another shot.

I updated the designs and started looking for manufacturers.

Pitch deck to manufacturers
Pitch deck to manufacturers

It was not until 2018 that I finally found a competent and trustworthy manufacturer. They truly understood the vision and went above and beyond to help me get to this point.

Specifications for internal magnet configurations in the folio's cover.
Specifications for internal magnet configurations in the folio's cover.

This launch is a significant milestone on a longer journey. With my newfound connections and confidence, I now have more ideas for new iPad and mobile accessories.

And I’m excited to see what’s next.

Follow along at touchtypecase.com to see how the story continues. 

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Risks and challenges

Fear can be a powerful motivator.

One of my biggest fears is collecting funds from Touchtype backers and not being able to follow through.

This is why, to mitigate these risks, I’ve done three things:

1. Manufacturer Locked: I’ve visited and finalized the China-based manufacturer for Touchtype Pro. I had gone through a few manufacturers prior to this. However, they all fell through for one reason or another (competency, dishonesty, etc.). But it as a blessing in disguise because it provided a frame of reference in settling on the ultimate manufacturer.

2. Tooling Complete: The process of making plastic prototypes is entirely different than what’s used in production. One side effect is that the prototypes never quite fit right. I didn’t want to leave it to chance to I bit the bullet, dipped our savings, and had the molds made (yes, it was expensive.)

3. Logistics Planned: I’ve contracted the services a logistics expert vetted and recommended by Kickstarter. I’m told that very creators do this before launch. This has allowed me to set a fair cost and subsidy for shipping up front, and choose a reliable, efficient fulfillment strategy. For example, I’m in the process of becoming a non-resident importer at an EU warehouse so the backers there won’t have any further duties/taxes to pay.

Ultimately, I can only try to mitigate the risks I’m aware of. The “unknown unknowns” will always be there, but I’ll do my best to be transparent and up-front with any issues as they arise.

Fear can be useful to a degree. But once it has served its purpose, and you’ve made your preparations, then it’s time to move forward and hope for the best.

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    Touchtype Pro 11” (Early Bird)

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    Touchtype Pro 12.9” (Early Bird)

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