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Complete Review On Apple’s Magic Keyboard For iPad Pro

Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro
Written by Hassan Abbas

In March 2020 Apple launch the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. The keyboard is quite similar to a Smart Keyboard for iPad but with a built-in trackpad for good navigation a cursor.

In the article below, we’ve covered everything we know about Apple’s latest Magic Keyboard. It includes compatible devices, feature sets, and much more.

Apple’s Magic Keyboard For iPad Pro – Features & Specs

Design

The Design of the Keyboard is quite similar to Apple’s prior ‌Smart Keyboard‌ Folio for the ‌iPad Pro‌. But make sure there are some amazing design elements.

The keyboard attaches itself magnetically and covers around the back and front of the ‌iPad‌. Also, it is flush with the ‌iPad‌ when closed. But when it opens the keyboard back part case angles forward to connect to the area in front of the keyboard. Also, it leaves the ‌iPad Pro‌ floating in the air above the keyboard portion.

In this floating position, the ‌iPad Pro‌ is protective of the case using a magnetic connection. However, the cantilevered hinge enables the ‌iPad Pro‌ to adjust to different other viewing angles.

After we close it, the Magic Keyboard offers front and back security for the ‌iPad Pro‌.

Trackpad

The trackpad on the Magic Keyboard is also located below the keys. It is quite similar to a MacBook. It’s smaller than the trackpad on a MacBook, but works, in the same way, enabling navigation throughout iPadOS with swipes, gestures, and clicks.

Keys and Key Feel

The Magic Keyboard is the fastest and full-size keyboard. The keyboard uses the same scissor-switch mechanism that Apple has in 16-inch MacBook Pro and the 2020 MacBook Air.

The mechanism is more reliable than the butterfly switches that Apple was using in earlier keyboards. The Apple using it with the butterfly switches prone to failure because of dust and other small particulates.

Also, the mechanism offers 1mm of travel but responsive typing experience that Apple says is the best and the fastest typing experience ever on an ‌iPad‌. The Magic Keyboard keys are backlit and the brightness will adjust based on the lighting in the room.

Trackpad Gestures

Apple launched an amazing trackpad experience built for a touch-first interface for the ‌iPad‌. Apple launching the support for multi-touch gestures and the cursor.

After using the trackpad, the cursor shows on the ‌iPad Pro‌’s screen as a circle. Also, a design Apple chose due to its similarity to the tip of a finger. The cursor shows only when we touch the trackpad and is in use. Also, it fades away when we can’t use it.

The Magic Keyboard also works across ‌iPadOS‌. However, the keyboard uses the cursor transforming when there are many elements on the display that can be interlinked with. The feel of using the trackpad is quite similar to using a trackpad on Mac. Also, it experiences just as natural as it does on a Mac.

List of Navigation & Gesture Choices:

You can instantly edit the text in apps using the cursor. Simply move through Safari, input multitasking views, and more, using lots of gestures supported. Here are some of the available navigation and gestures choices below:

  • Hover the cursor to the right of the ‌iPad‌’s display to open the Control Center.
  • Also, hover the mouse cursor to the top left of the ‌iPad‌’s display to open the Notification Center.
  • Click to open apps.
  • Hit and hold to enable long-press features.
  • Hover the mouse cursor to the bottom of the screen to open the Dock.
  • Slide or Scroll the cursor to the right side of the screen to get Slide Over apps.
  • Swipe down using three fingers to simply access the Home screen.
  • Swipe right or left using 3 fingers to swap between open apps.
  • Move upwards using three fingers and hold to get to the multitasking view.
  • To zoom in and out just use pinch gestures where appropriate.
  • To bring up the Spotlight search swipe down with two fingers.
  • Move through webpages in Safari using two fingers on the trackpad.
  • To choose the text to copy or drag and drop long-press when editing text.
  • Use two fingers in a text editing app to bring up Copy, Cut, and Paste options.
  • Tap using two fingers for a right tap gesture.

By default, both Apple and third-party apps work using the trackpad. Also, the developers are getting an API to add trackpad support into their apps. Apple is also building support into particular apps like Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.

USB-C Port

USB-C port on the Magic Keyboard that enables for charging, leaving the USB-C port on the ‌iPad Pro‌ itself open for connecting to displays or accessories. The USB-C port gives power to the ‌iPad Pro‌ inductively.

Compatible Devices

The Magic Keyboard supports the first and second-generation 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models. Also, it supports the 3rd and 4th-generation 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models.

Software Requirements

After using the Magic Keyboard with an ‌iPad Pro‌ needs the ‌iPadOS‌ 13.4 updates. It allows mouse and trackpad support with many trackpad gestures and choices.

Pricing

The price of Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ will cost $299 when it launches. Also, the price of Magic Keyboard for the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ will cost $349.

Launch Date

Apple plans to launch the Magic Keyboard in May but has not yet provided a particular launch date.

Conclusion:

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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