Alas, my iPad refuses to accept the Neo (or Apple’s own USB) keyboards and instead complains that each “uses too much power,” even if I place an unpowered hub in between. iOS used to let you bypass that warning, but no longer. Control freaks!
At $60, the adapter mentioned above is a bit pricey. I checked Amazon and Googled to see if there’s an inexpensive gadget that’d attach to a USB cable from a keyboard and drew a blank. That’s because most such keyboards are not like the Neo. They need that USB for power.
It lets the keyboard that’s attached to your Mac send text to an iPhone or iPad linked via Bluetooth. In essence, it turns your Mac with keyboard into a Bluetooth keyboard using the Mac’s built-in Bluetooth. Make the Neo that keyboard and set it up to send text and you should be fixed up.
Here’s a summary of its features:
And more intriguing for me, it can serve as a quick way to move some text (say a password) from your Mac to an iDevice:
Here’s that feature described in more detail:
I’m tempted to get it just to play around with. And those with an Apple TV in the same room as their Mac, might note that it will also work with it.
I just checked and the Mac app, Type2Phone, does work with a Neo 2 and an iPad 3 using iAWriter.
The Neo keyboard attached to my Mac served as a Bluetooth keyboard for the iPad, as did my USB Mac keyboard. The Neo send function also successfully sent a document at the Neo’s “3. Fast” rate, which I’d guess is about 100 wpm, without a hitch, although at times the app was falling behind in displaying the sending. It didn’t work at the Neo’s quite-a-bit faster “4. Fastest speed” though.
So if you’re looking for a way to transfer documents from a Neo directly onto a text application on an iPad or iPhone, this nifty little $5 application is one way to go.
And if you’ve got an iPad/iPhone and only occasionally need to use a keyboard with it, this $5 app will save you the cost of a $60 and up Bluetooth keyboard. In addition, the ability to cut and paste quickly between a Mac and an iPad is also a plus.
There are a number of other features I’ll try to describe later in a separate post. The one that most impressed me was the ease of switching my Mac keyboard between my Mac and my iPad. Choose the Type2Phone app and click on “Click here to connect” and your Mac keyboard takes over as your iPad keyboard. Switch to some other Mac app, and the iPad’s own touch screen keyboard appears and your Mac keyboard is your Mac’s keyboard again.
Also, since Type2Phone is simply enabling your Mac to become a Bluetooth keyboard, it should work with most other Bluetooth-keyboard-ready smart phones. The app has a menu so you can choose which to connect with. And if I remember right, the MacWorld reviewer said that the app could also enable one Mac to serve as the Bluetooth keyboard for another Mac.