Yes, Apple just announced an iPad Pro keyboard that costs more than an Xbox One X

Ipad Pro Keyboard
Ipad Pro Keyboard (Image credit: Apple)

Given the current global situation Apple today has dropped a bunch of hardware announcements without the fanfare of an event, and of course, when Apple does something everyone takes notice. Whether you love it or want to poke fun at it, Apple hardware days are always worthy of attention.

One thing stands out though: A $350 keyboard case for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (opens in new tab). No, you didn't read that wrong and yes, you spat coffee at your screen for good reason.

Is it quite as bad as a $999 monitor stand? Probably not, at least it's actually useful but damn, Apple. A keyboard case that costs more than an Xbox One X (opens in new tab)? I use a Razer Viper Ultimate (opens in new tab) and a Razer Huntsman keyboard (opens in new tab) at my PC that costs less combined.

Ipad Pro Keyboard

Source: Apple (Image credit: Source: Apple)

Obviously none of these are apples to apples comparisons (no pun intended) but it's still pretty crazy. It also makes complaining about Microsoft's expensive Surface Type Covers (opens in new tab) pretty irrelevant. But hey, at least Apple added a trackpad now.

I've actually been using the iPad Pro 12.9 with a keyboard for about a year now and it's very good, very good indeed, even if it's really expensive. I actually really like the look of the new keyboard and that finally there's a trackpad. But in no universe is that much money leaving my pocket for a keyboard case for a still predominantly touch-based device.

There's a heap of new announcements, from new iPad Pros to a Mac Mini refresh, new MacBook Air, and our pals at iMore will be working through it all. So head on over and check it out, or jump into the comments below with better ideas to spend $350 on. Maybe a new graphics card for your PC? A sweet gaming monitor?

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

  • Sounds about right...My daughter has an iPad...she never uses it. Maybe with this keyboard she will use it...probably not though.
  • It feels like Apple is really pivoting towards the extreme highend now. With the increased pricing on iPhone, Macbook Pro, MacPro, and now the iPad+cover I don't see how average consumers are going to afford their products. There has definitely been a shift in their pricing structure over the last two years.
  • It's Apple. Their stuff is always going to be overpriced.
  • Settle down people. $350 for a keyboard case is nothing. I spent $52,000 on a Mac Pro.
  • You saying that doesn't prove that its "nothing", it proves you're a moron.
    Sorry, not sorry. Just because you *can* buy something, doesn't mean you should, or that its a good value.
  • I apologize moron if you can’t comprehend sarcasm. Sorry, not sorry.
  • The text sarcasm detector machine hasn't been invented yet. Your message only proves this person could exist in this world. I mean, spend $52,000 on a Mac and be proud. I also believe it.