Here’s a neat little trick: at some point you may have brought yourself a little widget to let your iPad read memory cards from your camera. These will often come with a USB connector on them. It’s just possible you might have a keyboard with a USB connector on the end of it, perhaps from an old PC that you are no longer using since you went over to 100% iPad. If you plug your keyboard into the card reader, hey presto! You will have a working keyboard on your iPad.
Why would you bother to do it this way rather than get a Bluetooth keyboard? Two reasons:
- You can get an even wider selection of keyboards with a USB connector on the end and some people are super fussy about the feel of their keyboards.
- If you have the card reader and the keyboard lying around anyway, you can save yourself a few dollars (admittedly not many dollars, Bluetooth keyboards are hardly expensive, but it is recycling and that’s a good thing).
The truth is you probably won't bother with this option because a Bluetooth keyboard is a neater and simpler solution, but if I do not have a section on it someone will complain that I clearly have no idea what I am talking about. So here it is.