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According to ex-Apple Developer Relations employee and industry expert Jamie Ryan (through Gizmodo UK), Apple has been checking a first-party keyboard case to be possibly released alongside the upcoming fifth-generation iPad. The case itself would reportedly be similar in nature to Microsoft’s Touch Cover, which is made for the Surface line of tablets.

I’ve actually been speaking to a number of individuals at Apple for the last couple of days and they’ve told me that a case for the full size iPad that mimics Microsofts touch cover has actually been prototyped. It’s not clear whether the process is far enough along to make this Tuesdays event but they did say a few different styles had been in testing for a while.

Ryan also adds that the main inspiration behind the development of the case is that Apple’s existing Bluetooth keyboard isn’t as incorporated as Microsoft’s Touch Cover, and that Apple is interested to create a much better keyboard solution for the full-size iPad in order to distinguish it from the iPad mini. The expert also adds that other cover-like devices are also being took a look at for release.

However, Ryan stresses that the covers being tested are prototypes that mightn’t be released at all, as it’s anticipated for Apple to overlook different mock-ups throughout the development of an item. Currently, Apple sells the Smart Cover and the Smart Case for the full-sized iPad, which both emphasize the capability to work as stands and protective covers, but don’t consist of other attributes such as keyboard integration.

Apple will hold a media occasion this Tuesday, October 22 where it’s anticipated to reveal a variety of hardware and software, including the fifth-generation iPad and the second-generation iPad mini, as well as Haswell MacBook Pros, Mavericks, spruced up variations of iLife and iWork for both Mac and iOS, the redesigned Mac Pro, and possibly a new display to go with it. A small upgrade to the Apple TV might also be included, with an update to the Mac mini also possible.