Most likely, Apple is going to copy Microsoft very soon with a keyboard-cover of its own, and that might help to make the iPad a slightly better productivity tool. But unless or until iOS is overhauled beyond a simple app launcher, it isn’t going to fit the bill.
While it’s not the focus of the piece, I don’t quite understand the obsession tech journos have with the Surface keyboard. After all, it’s not part of the basic package – you have to buy it extra. The iPad has a huge accessory ecosystem, including the rather ace Logitech keyboard case, so why is this considered such a big deal? (That’s not to say the Surface doesn’t look like a neat piece of tech, because it most certainly does.)