There are many third-party accessories for attaching hardware keyboards to iOS devices, from iPad cases to Logitech’s multi-device K480 wireless keyboard, on down to that bizarre BlackBerry knockoff for the iPhone courtesy of Ryan Seacrest. But why purchase dedicated hardware only to have it become obsolete with new models next year when your existing Mac keyboard can be used instead?
One keyboard to rule them all
Typeeto is a clever little piece of OS X software that allows existing Mac keyboards to be used with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android smartphones or tablets, Apple TV, or most any device capable of pairing over Bluetooth, including game consoles. No special software is required on the receiving end—simply pair with your Mac, and Typeeto recognizes and adds these gadgets to the list of available devices.
Select a device from the menu bar or use an assigned custom keyboard shortcut to quickly switching between them. Once connected, a small window appears on the Mac screen with animation that confirms input is being sent to the selected device; text entry happens in real time without noticeable lag, as if the keyboard was connected directly.
Because Typeeto uses a Mac Bluetooth connection, any keyboard can be used, including my aging MacAlly IceKey, a wired, full-sized USB model. I also tested it with a Logitech K400 Plus, a wireless PC-to-TV combo that connects via USB Unifying receiver, which also worked great in keyboard mode (but not with the attached trackpad, naturally).
Like other Bluetooth-connected devices, Typeeto works within a range of approximately 32 feet. Although the software can theoretically connect to an unlimited number of devices, Bluetooth itself is limited to eight connections at a time. With iOS and Android, it’s worth noting the initial connection should be initiated from the device itself for best results.
Typeeto automatically picks up the name of added devices, but these can be changed to whatever you’d like from the app preferences. Other settings include white or black color themes, the option to remove the app icon from Dock, or turn off sound effects, which offer audible feedback when a connection is made. The Option-Command-V shortcut can be used to paste text copied on the Mac side directly to the device, while Command-V works for pasting current device clipboard contents.
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