There are several models coming out, including the Slim Book and Folio keyboards for the iPad Mini 4, as well as a Slim Book Pro and Messenger Universal keyboard for the iPad Pro. The aluminum-framed Slim Book offers several different viewing modes, including keyboard, video, case and book modes, while the Folio is designed primarily for typing and protection.
The Messenger Universal appears to be more of a basic keyboard stand and not a case.
All of the keyboards use Bluetooth to connect, which means they don’t need to be attached to the tablet to function – a limitation of Apple’s forthcoming keyboard for the iPad Pro. Battery life is rated at up to two years.
The Slim Book for iPad Mini 4 sells for $119.99(USD) and is available now, the Folio sells for $79.99 (without backlit keys), $99.99 (backlit keys), and goes on sale on Sept. 25. The Slim Book Pro for iPad Pro will cost $139.99, while the Messenger Universal will be just $69.99. Both iPad Pro keyboards will be available in November, around the same time Apple starts shipping the tablet.