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The iPad Keyboard Dock is a keyboard accessory from Apple that attaches to early iPad models with a 30-pin dock connector. It was introduced with the first iPad on January 27, 2010 and shipped later in April.[1] It was discontinued on March 2, 2011 with the introduction of the iPad 2, though it continued to be listed in the Apple online store for sometime longer.[2]


Though the dock is specifically sized for the original iPad, it will also accommodate subsequent models with 30-pin dock connectors.[3] It will work with iPhones, including newer devices with Lightning connectors if an adapter is used. It also includes an additional 30-pin port for charging along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack for external audio.[4]


The physical keyboard eliminates the need for the built-in software touchscreen keyboard. It was criticized for only attaching in portrait mode, and not landscape mode. A workaround is to use a 30-pin dock extender cable.[5]



  1. Apple iPad Keyboard Dock Won't Ship Until Mid-April by Chris Davies, SlashGear. 2010-03-12.
  2. The Odd Duck Apple iPad Keyboard Dock is No More by Todd Ogasawara, Adweek. 2011-03-15.
  3. Apple iPad 2 and the Keyboard Dock: Demo by DetroitBORG, YouTube. 2011-03-15.
  4. Using an old Apple iPad keyboard dock with your iPhone 5 by Andy Chen, The Gadgeteer. 2012-10-20.
  5. Use the iPad in landscape orientation with the keyboard dock by David Caolo, Engadget. 2010-04-26.

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