Tablet PCs may seem like all fun and games, but what about when you actually have to type on one? Theisn't so funny now, is it? Fortunately, Apple has announced a separate keyboard accessory for the iPad.
The iPad docks with the sleek keyboard and, er, turns it into a laptop -- except the iPad sits in portrait mode. This should be good for typing long documents, like that novel we're writing about a megalomaniacal technology company and its legion of rabid, deranged fans. It's a comedy.
You probably won't want to put the iPad down, ever, but eventually your arms will get tired. An ebook reader-style leather-look cover will keep your tablet scratch-free, and folding back the cover stands the iPad in landscape orientation. There's also a simple dock that stands the tablet in portrait mode. Now we think about it, both turn it into, er, a digital photo frame.
There's no word on pricing for these accessories yet, but we expect them to be available at the iPad's launch in the next two months.