A few weeks ago I bought a Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad Air so I can still get some work done while I’m on the road (and don’t need to lug the MacBook around).
The whole shebang cost $30 and doubles as a cover for the iPad and turns it into a mini-iOS notebook. For Mac users with iPhones and iPads there are times– it’s OK to admit it– that you’d like to have a real keyboard instead of the onscreen iOS keyboard. Here’s how. Use your Mac.
Right Tool For The Job
One easy way to handle the heavy duty typing on an iPhone or iPad is to buy a Bluetooth keyboard, pair it up, and you’re good to go. Just take the keyboard wherever you go.
Or, if your Mac is handy, add one of these apps, which connects to your iPhone or iPad (or Apple TV), and use the Mac’s keyboard to type on your iOS devices.
Each app lets you connect your Mac to your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV so you can use the Mac’s keyboard to type (whenever you really, truly, madly need to type on a real keyboard.
Both apps do much the same thing, though I favor the less expensive one, Type2Phone. They connect your Mac to the iPhone or iPad, so wherever you need to type on the iOS devices you can use your Mac’s keyboard instead.
Type2Phone can be setup to connect automatically. Whenever you need to type on the iPhone, use the Mac’s keyboard instead. You can also copy and paste text from your Mac to iOS device. Plus, it works with TextExpander and OS X’s Dictation feature.
The 1Keyboard app costs a few dollars more but does a bit more, too. It also works on the Apple TV, but enables control over another Mac, and can have your Mac act as the keyboard for many Android smartphones and tablets, as well as PlayStation 3.
If you need to type and don’t want those rinky dinky onscreen keyboards and you have a Mac, let the Mac become your mobile device’s keyboard.