Perhaps the most inconvenient aspect of using an iPad or iPhone is the lack of a real keyboard. The pop up, onscreen keyboard works well, but not for power keyboard users. For that, you need a real keyboard.
That explains why there’s a whole cottage industry of Bluetooth keyboards for iPad and iPhone. A keyboard, a real keyboard, is better to type anything beyond a quick text, or a simple email response. Here’s how you can use the keyboard on your Mac to type on your iPad (and iPhone, Apple TV, even Android devices).
Click, Click, Type
Any iPad or iPhone user can tap into the power of a Mac’s Bluetooth wireless keyboard, but setting it up to run on an iOS device is a bit cumbersome (reset the keyboard, pair it with Bluetooth on the iDevice, repeat in reverse to get back to your Mac).
There’s a better way and it’s called Typeeto, a clever Mac utility which lets you use your Mac’s keyboard to type on iPad or iPhone while you’re using your Mac. Here’s how it works.
Make sure Bluetooth is on– both Mac and iPad (or whatever other device you plan to use). Pair the device with your Mac and connect. One click brings a pop up to the screen. Typeeto displays which device you can connect to to begin typing. Select and type.
Couldn’t you just as easily type out what you need on the Mac and transfer it to the iPad? It depends. Some iOS apps do not have Mac equivalents. Most Android smartphones have text that doesn’t have an iMessage counterpart on the Mac.
Typeeto works with a variety of devices to get a little more keyboard mileage from your Mac; iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone and tablet, Apple TV, and, of course, most Macs. This is a pleasure to use; almost effortless once devices are paired.