FCC Approves Chinese iPad Keyboard

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved a new add-on for use on Apple's iPad.

Developed by Chinese firm Shenzhen Paoluy Silicone Technology, the add-on is described as a KeyCase iPad Folio with Integrated Bluetooth Keyboard. FCC approval was needed as the device contains wireless capability with its Bluetooth component.

The KeyCase is a QWERTY keyboard with an in-built Bluetooth connection, needed to connect it with the iPad, which turns the tablet computer into a netbook device, tech news site PC World reported on Wednesday.

First reported by Apple Insider, the product is said to run for 90 hours without any interruption and 100 days in standby mode. However, one UK retailer has said that the real work capacity is only 45 hours.

The company has said that it can be fully charged with an USB iPod connector cable in four to 4.5 hours.

The accessory will be made available in the UK for £59.95, and in the US for $92.72.