Brydge has actually revealed a new firmware upgrade for its Pro Plus iPad keyboards that assures to hugely improve the trackpad experience. The upgrade brings “native” multitouch to the trackpads, implying you can utilize the exact same type of multi-finger gestures on a Brydge gadget as Apples own Magic Keyboard.
The Brydge Pro Plus was the victim of regrettable timing. It was originally announced as a power-user item created to support Apples speculative cursor feature, however then Apple turned that into consumer-level performance with iOS 13.4 and launched its own keyboard/trackpad accessory, the expensive but exceptional Magic Keyboard. At launch, the Pro Plus trackpad was functional for basic tasks, but it didnt have complete gesture assistance and could not compete with the smoothness of Apples own hardware.
Ive invested a couple of days with a beta version of Brydges new firmware, utilizing the companys keyboard created for the 11-inch iPad, and the news is good so far. While the trackpad on this design is quite little, and its levered mechanism suggests there isnt a lot of area for clicking, the cursor movement is far smoother and gestures work well.
Ill need to evaluate the Pro Plus brand-new firmware even more prior to offering a final verdict, but my impressions are favorable. The Pro Plus looks like itll quickly be a much more practical product than it was upon its initial launch, particularly since Brydge is putting it on sale today; the 12.9-inch design is getting a $60 reduction to $169.99, while the 11-inch version is offered for $40 off at $159.99.
Brydge is also announcing a new trackpad-equipped iPad keyboard, the very first item to come out of a partnership with OtterBox that was revealed in 2015. The 10.2 Max Plus is designed for the seventh- and eighth generation iPads with 10.2-inch screens, and consists of a removable case that Brydge states offers 4-foot drop defense. Its set to deliver in late March and will be available to preorder today for $129.99.
If you currently have a Pro Plus keyboard, on the other hand, Brydge is opening signups for a public beta of the brand-new firmware. You can register here; the page keeps in mind that the firmware will need an iPad running Apples iPadOS 14.5 public beta. The program will begin on March 3rd, but 500 users will get earlier access on February 24th.
Ive invested a couple of days with a beta version of Brydges new firmware, using the businesss keyboard developed for the 11-inch iPad, and the news is good so far. Brydge is also revealing a new trackpad-equipped iPad keyboard, the very first item to come out of a collaboration with OtterBox that was announced last year. If you already have a Pro Plus keyboard, meanwhile, Brydge is opening signups for a public beta of the brand-new firmware.