One of the notable omissions from the iPad 2 launch was an updated physical keyboard dock to work with the thinner and lighter design. After all, Apple did release a brand-new iPad 2 charging dock. Because of this a 9to5mac reader e-mailed Apple Senior Vice President of Marketing, Phil Schiller for an answer.

The 9to5mac reader ‘s email:

From what I’ve heard, the Apple keyboard dock is not made for the iPad 2. Is there an iPad 2 version that I can’t find on your online store – or is it coming soon?

Schiller’s reply does not directly answer the question but does make the point that Apple will not be releasing a new keyboard dock, specifically tailored to the iPad 2’s new design.

People prefer to use the iPad’s built in soft keyboard most all of the time, it works very well. Those that do choose to use an external keyboard most often choose to use Apple’s bluetooth wireless keyboard for the convenience it provides.

Instead, Schiller says users prefer the touch-screen keyboard (where’s the data, yo?) and if they really want they can purchase the bluetooth wireless keyboard. If you really want you can just buy a keyboard dock for the old iPad – it works!

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