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What are the ways for both an iMac and an iPad to share the same physical keyboard?

If it's possible to share a regular Apple bluetooth keyboard between both devices without jailbreaking the iPad, I think it would be my favored option.

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Logitech made a solar bluetooth keyboard allowing keyboard to pair 3 device .

With your apple bluetooth keyboard,

JUC400 Wormhole switch will do this. Or If you use mac, app "type2phone"is a altinative solution.

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The Logitech k760, I see, thanks! –  Daniel Jomphe Nov 13 '12 at 3:55

I don't think you can. Bluetooth is designed such that pairing is two-way (computer <-> device). You can't pair to a second device without un-pairing from the first device.

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Sounds quite logical. Let's hope there's other ways to not have 2 keyboards on a desk. –  Daniel Jomphe Mar 11 '11 at 15:45

Bluetooth only allows pairing with one device at a time.

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This might help you, or at least lead you in the right direction.

http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-news/716935-synergy-ipad-share-your-mouse-keyboard.html

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Theoretically using the computer as a middle man, You could set a hotkey to switch between the two? No program exists to do it though :(

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This has worked well for me - especially when I turn off the bluetooth on the current device that has the bluetooth keyboard paired, then turn on the bluetooth on the other.

Sometimes, then pair to the closest device when I power cycle the keyboard.

You have to do the initial pairing on each, but I've not had issues using one Apple Bluetooth keyboard with more than one "computer" - be it a Mac or an iOS device like an iPhone or an iPad.

You of course can't have the one keyboard drive both at the same time - this only works in sequence.

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An alternative to the regular Apple bluetooth keyboard is the Kanex Multi-Sync Keyboard.

This keyboard can be paired with four devices, paired through Bluetooth with each of the devices just once, and you can then use the Multi-Sync Keyboard with it with just a tap of a button. Another device can be connected through USB.

This keyboard has a numeric keypad built in for those spreadsheet editing, but also features iOS-specific keys for your favorite iDevice. It operates on two AAA batteries, and can also be used in a USB-wired mode if needed.

It retails in the UK at £69.00.

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It exists for the Mac, so I guess it could be possible even for Windows.

Type2Phone: Virtual Bluetooth Keyboard

Type2Phone lets you use your Mac as Bluetooth keyboard to your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV.

Type on your full-sized keyboard. The text will appear on your iOS device. Prepare text on your Mac and then paste it to your mobile device.

Benefits

  • Use your Mac as a keyboard to type SMS text messages at full speed
  • Send tweets.
  • Update your Facebook status.
  • Chat. With the comfort of a full keyboard
  • Reply to emails on accounts configured only on your iPhone
  • Paste addresses, passwords, … from your Mac to your iPhone
  • Use AppleScript to automate text input to your iPhone

Requirements

  • Mac with Bluetooth enabled
  • Mac OS X 10.6.6
  • iPhone (3GS or later), iPad (all models), iPod touch (3rd generation or later). iOS 3.2 or later
  • Apple TV with software version 5.2 (January 2013) or later
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