Apple Keyboard – all you need to know
Before the launch of the Apple Keyboard, the iPad always had Keyboard cases. These cases were nifty little folios with Bluetooth keyboards intended to turn a regular tablet into a laptop substitute.
These keyboard cases developed as time went on, and eventually, Apple invested their time and resources into making their own. Now, years and years later, the Magic Keyboard has been released.
It is being hailed as the best iPad keyboard available. Also, this is closely reminiscent of the 2019 MacBook Pro’s scissor keyboard from 2019.
The iPad Air and iPad pro are great devices, and the newly released Apple Magic Keyboard gives them an even greater edge.
This new gadget transforms the pad into a laptop while maintaining the iPad aesthetic and functionality.
Apple Magic Keyboard Features
- 1mm travel for responsive typing
- Comfortable backlit keys
- Multi-Touch gestures
- USB- C charging port
- Smooth angle adjustability for viewing
- It can be folded into a case to give front and back protection for traveling by iPad Pro and iPad Air.
Apple Keyboard Trackpad and Keys
Apple has made considerable strides over the past years regarding how they build their keyboards. There is a substantial improvement in product design from the super-thin no-travel MacBook Air Keyboard to this new Apple Magic Keyboard.
These days, MacBook keys come with a solid amount of travel; and are natural to the fingers dying typing. This natural feel is particularly obvious with the Apple Magic Keyboard.
In addition, the keys are backlit and adjust automatically based on the ambient lighting conditions.
For the Trackpad, it is as high quality as Apple’s Trackpad is known to be and has always been.
The trackpad has impressive functionality, with a smooth gloss finish similar to that of MacBook trackpads. It’s also smooth, accurate, and there’s zero lag on iPadOS. It gives the Apple iPad an even better user experience than before.
Apple Keyboard Ease of Movement
In addition to the unique keys and high-quality Trackpad, Apple made this keyboard incredibly easy to affix and detach. Recently, Apple began using magnets in making products.
In the case of the Apple magic keyboard, the magnets provide impressive ease of movement.
To set up the Apple keyboard, attach your iPad to the appropriate keyboard spot. When you want to use it as just a keyboard, take it off.
The slight issue with this is that it is’ caseless’ when the iPad is in tablet mode. Still, you will get used to using the Magic Keyboard as a case when the iPad isn’t being used.
Apple Magic Keyboard Build/Body
The Apple Keyboard is sturdy and stays very well-balanced even when it’s on your lap. Although Its build allows little flex on the keyboard deck, the balance is worth it. Users don’t have to bother about it tipping over.
This balance is partly thanks to the most remarkable design element of the keyboard – the floating screen.
Apple Keyboard Charging
Apple came up with a fantastic charging setup for the Magic keyboard. This new one comes with a USB-C port built right into it. This can be used to charge your iPad without having to use up the iPad’s built-in port.
However, the port only works for charging and doesn’t support any other accessories.
The Apple Keyboard is compatible with the following iPad Models:
- iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
- Also, iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
- iPad Air (4th generation)
Pros of the Apple Magic Keyboard
It seems to function well even when you’re typing on your lap. This is all thanks to its rigid foot. The smoothness of the Trackpad and the overall typing experience are outstanding.
Cons of the Apple Magic Keyboard
The Magic keyboard is quite heavy. The 11-inch model weighs a hefty 1.3 pounds, which is bigger than the iPad itself. When put together, the two devices are heavier than a MacBook Air, although it is smaller.
If you use both the 12.9-inch iPad and the keyboard, it’s even heavier. The saving grace is that the (combined) weight is easy to ignore because of the small footprint. It’s is also high-priced and does not have a function row.
The Apple Magic Keyboard is versatile and offers a fantastic user experience. It is effortless at switching between different usage modes. It is also a beautifully made keyboard case that comes up with a top-notch Trackpad.
For users who prefer to use a pad rather than a laptop, it is a fantastic product to buy. It does what it is made for and does it remarkably well.
How much does the apple keyboard cost?
The Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) sold with the Air (4th generation) is priced at $299.00.
The Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is priced at $149, and the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad is available for $179. The refreshed Magic Keyboard without Touch ID is priced at $99.
Why is it called a magic keyboard?
This Apple keyboard is called a magic keyboard because it gives your iPad a “floating” appearance. As a result of the strong magnets used to produce this keyboard, the iPad hovers nearly an inch off the keyboard deck. This hovering ability lets users tilt the iPad for enhanced viewing.
How can I pair the Apple Magic keyboard with my Mac?
To pair the keyboard, connect it to your Mac with the included cloth-covered USB-C-to-Lightning cable, which pairs it automatically.
Or you can use it like any regular Bluetooth keyboard in the Mac’s Bluetooth settings panel. Once this is done, you’ll need to set up Touch ID. This is done in a new System Preferences panel, which should appear once the keyboard is connected.
Is the Apple Magic keyboard quiet?
Yes, the keyboard offers quiet and responsive typing. Each key comes with substantial space for travel. Some users even say the keyboard makes less noise than the typical Mac keyboard.
In fact, it just might be the quietest keyboard Apple has ever produced.