Apple says that vendors have products in the pipeline that will use its Smart Connector technology that debuted with the iPad Pro, reports Fast Company.
In fact, only four accessories support it: Apple’s Smart Keyboard and two keyboards and a docking station made by Logitech. Accessory makers told Fast Company that use of the Smart Connector have been slow because of wait times, high costs for Smart Connector components, and because praised Bluetooth is a better fit, at least for iPad keyboards. However, Apple tells the publication that “multiple companies” are now developing Smart Connector accessories.
The Smart Connector transfers data and power between iPad Pro and compatible accessories. No batteries or charging is required. For instance, when youattach a compatible keyboard, you can immediately start typing. When you remove it, the onscreen keyboard automatically reappears.