ipad and apple keyboard in landscape mode

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3' started by wytey, May 11, 2011.

  1. wytey

    wytey
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2011
    Messages:
    768
    Thanks Received:
    7
    anyone using their ipad with the official apple keyboard in landscape mode, not the wireless keyboard

    its annoying having to keeping taking it out of the case, and the third party extension cable i bought does not work, upon closer inspection, it is missing some pins, which i presume are the ones that deal with the data transfer :(

    if i had known that the extension cable did not work, i would have got the wireless one instead... but it looks like i might have to anyway....

    icouldsave.co.uk - help save money and the planet!
     
  2. Tim SPRACKLEN

    Tim SPRACKLEN
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Messages:
    15,236
    Thanks Received:
    122
    I have the Apple keyboard dock too and never use - *have* never used it for precisely that reason. I never use my iPad in portrait mode - I should have realised :(

    Check the pinout here...

    http://pinouts.ru/PortableDevices/ipod_pinout.shtml

    Doh...

    Tim
     
  3. wytey

    wytey
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2011
    Messages:
    768
    Thanks Received:
    7
    i honestly do not know why they left those few pins out....

    but seeing as though that extension cable is pretty much useless, might hack it and see if i can make it work.... hope i don't blow the ipad up! :eek:

    icouldsave.co.uk - help save money and the planet!
     
  4. Tim SPRACKLEN

    Tim SPRACKLEN
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Messages:
    15,236
    Thanks Received:
    122
    Some members have been able to get USB keyboards to work with the iPad sync cable - what extension cable are you referring to? Surely it would need to be 30-pin to 30-pin. I've not seen one of those.

    Tim
     
  5. DontUnderstandMyIpad

    DontUnderstandMyIpad
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Guru

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,193
    Thanks Received:
    13
    There are 30-pin to 30-pin plugs, or cables, but they are usually used to connect the iPad to a sound dock.

    For example this one:
    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/RadTech-ProCable-Extender-19-Inch-iPhones/dp/B002V0SSC4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305118007&sr=8-1[/ame]
     
  6. Tim SPRACKLEN

    Tim SPRACKLEN
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Messages:
    15,236
    Thanks Received:
    122
    OK - should have realised. A hack seems the way to go!! Let us know how you get on - I'll interpret any reply as meaning you've not blown up your iPad...:D

    Tim
     
  7. wytey

    wytey
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2011
    Messages:
    768
    Thanks Received:
    7
    defo, the 30-30 cable seems a touch expensive for 2 extra wires and and 3 pins!

    cheers for the pin outs

    official cable

    1 - Ground
    15 - Ground
    16 - Ground
    23 - 5 VDC (+)
    25 - Data -
    27 - Data +

    generic extension cable - 4 wires but only 3 of them used

    16 - Ground
    23 - 5 VDC (+)
    25 - Data -
    27 - Data +

    So the generic cable is missing 2 Ground connections pins, but the strange thing is that the generic extension cable has the cable for Data +, but no pin.... so from what I can gather is that it just needs the connection pin for the Data +, as the other end has connection pins for all 30 pins, only thing concerning me now is the 2 Grounds that are not being used....

    the cable works fine as a power extension cable.... hmz.... more research needed before I put my ipad at risk lol

    icouldsave.co.uk - help save money and the planet!
     
    #7 wytey, May 11, 2011
    Last edited: May 11, 2011
  8. wytey

    wytey
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2011
    Messages:
    768
    Thanks Received:
    7
    anyone want to donate an official apple cable for me to chop up and merge with the third party extension cable? :p

    or know of a place that sells one cheap :)

    icouldsave.co.uk - help save money and the planet!
     
  9. Tim SPRACKLEN

    Tim SPRACKLEN
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Legend

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Messages:
    15,236
    Thanks Received:
    122
    Sounds like a cunning plan by Apple to stop you using that cable for exactly what you want to use it for. I can just imagine a section meeting being called to discuss the design of the cable - several engineers who, of course, would have made it completely compatible with the keyboard and a marketing guy who wouldn't allow them to do that - all while they're eating Danish and sipping on a Starbucks...

    But they didn't count on us 'cheap skate' British 'string and sealing wax' innovative hackers......

    Now we just need a few verses of 'Rule Britannia'....

    Tim
     
  10. wytey

    wytey
    Expand Collapse
    iPad Junkie

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2011
    Messages:
    768
    Thanks Received:
    7
    lol

    after all that work... guess what

    after a quick search looking for a cheap cable I could use, I found what looks like a cable that could do the job :|

    http://www.cellphonedigitizer.com/product_info.php?language=en&currency=GBP&products_id=186

    gonna order it, if it works, great nice and cheap, if not, I have the bits I need, win/win situation :D

    bah, US company thus higher shipping costs :( still cheaper tho.... ahhh decisions decisions... lol
     
    #10 wytey, May 11, 2011
    Last edited: May 11, 2011

Share This Page



Search tags for this page

how to get hone 5 keyboa in horizontal mode

,

how to set landscape mode on ipad with keyboard

,

ipad keyboard apps in landscape mode

,

ipad keyboard landscape

,

keyboard for ipad in landscape

,

keypad on ipad misbehaving

,

tinyumbrella pin:27

,

what is ipad landscape mode