Why you should turn off Bluetooth if your Apple keyboard is in your bag

When I came home from a little walk to check on one of my geocaches today I was met with a rather peculiar message on my iPad. Turns out my Apple Bluetooth keyboard had turned on in my bag, randomly pressing enough buttons that it had not only started the music playback (with the volume off) but also taken a shot at cracking my lock code and subsequently locked the iPad. I had data wipe deactivated so I just had to wait until it would let me try logging in again, but it definitely gave me a scare. It’s not the first time the keyboard has turned on, but the “disabled”-message was new. Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard has an on/off button on the side that is normally protected rather well, but not well enough that it won’t ever turn on. I might have to make a cover for the button, as disabling Bluetooth is a pain when you have different Bluetooth devices that you connect to every now and then.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.