This month, Apple announced the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro with a built-in trackpad, making the iPad Pro feel and function like a laptop. It is a jump forward in usability when it comes to the iPad Pro. Previously, users relied on Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio for getting the job done. The new Magic Keyboard is as different from that device as the new MacBook Pro keyboards are in comparison to their previous versions.
There were reports of ramped-up production since last month and the keyboard showed up on Amazon last week. Last week, Apple officially announced the availability of the new Magic Keyboard for pre-order its website with a week’s delivery time. Originally, it was planned for a release in May.
Pros and Cons of Magic Keyboard
The keyboard was shipped early to a few customers and their initial response to the device suggested that it comes with a few limitations of its own. Read the article to make an informed decision.
The Magic Keyboard offers a lovely, backlit deck that holds its own as a quality portable keyboard against those of 16-inch MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air laptops.
However, the Magic Keyboard is heavier when compared to Smart Keyboard Folio and iPad Air weighs almost as much as the MacBook Air. The new keyboard’s 12.9-inch version is around 25% heavier than the 12.9-inch version of the Smart Keyboard.
Furthermore, there seems to be a tilt-limit to the floating iPad screen when attached to the keyboard. The 90 to 130 degrees title angle does not give much flexible range to adjust the screen.
Having said that, the new design has its own perks for users with much more to offer. The typing experience and trackpad have the best functionality in the category. The magnetic tile mechanism is sturdy which means it will not loosen with usage. Attaching and detaching the iPad to the keyboard is also seamless, thanks to the magnets in both devices.
The new Magic Keyboard is compatible with iPad Pro models released in 2018. For older iPads models, users can use other trackpad accessories, like Apple’s Magic Trackpad and mouse or any third-party devices.
All in all, our verdict is in favor of the new Magic Keyboard because it enhances the iPad Pro experience with mobility, productivity, and smooth typing experience.
The new Magic Keyboard can be ordered from Apple’s website. It costs $299 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $349 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.