Apple announced a host of hardware products at WWDC 2017 and while Apple HomePod stole the limelight, the company also announced an upgraded and advanced version of the Magic Keyboard. The new keyboard comes with quite a few design enhancements and also changes in the sizes of certain keys for better typing. With the launch of the new keyboard, the old Magic Keyboard is already off shelves in Apple stores online and retail outlets. Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for itAlso Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
The biggest change is the new keyboard is that it is now wireless. Additionally, the new keyboard also has a numeric keypad right on the top. The new version is presently available only in the US and there is no word from Apple regarding a global launch and availability. The new wireless Magic Keypad can be charged via the lightning connector and comes with a Lightning Cable in the retail box. The price of the keypad has also been upped and is now available for $79 (a little over Rs 5000) without the numeric keypad (the most basic version) and $129 (approx. Rs 8300) for one with the numeric keypad. ALSO READ: WWDC 2017: Monument Valley 2 for iOS launched for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Also Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
The keypad retains almost all other features. The new keypad is compatible with MacOS 10.12.4 or above, and iOS 10.3 or above. The up and down arrow keys are now full size, making for easier navigation. Additionally, there are also document navigation controls for quick scrolling and redesigned scissor key mechanisms. The new keypad can last for up to a month between charges, claims Apple. The device will reach users in the US by June 8 as per the listing on Apple stores.
As Apple says, “Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad features an extended layout, with document navigation controls for quick scrolling and full-size arrow keys for gaming. A scissor mechanism beneath each key allows for increased stability, while optimized key travel and a low profile provide a comfortable and precise typing experience. The numeric keypad is also great for spreadsheets and finance applications. And the built-in, rechargeable battery is incredibly long-lasting, powering your keyboard for about a month or more between charges.” ALSO READ: WWDC 2017: Here s what you need to know about the new Apple HomePod
The verdict on the new wireless keyboard seems confused. While Twitterati have not yet managed to discover the new offering and are busy trolling the HomePod, those who have seen the device seem to love it or hate it. While Apple’s efforts to finally offer a keypad that is not “incomplete” and comes with a lot of features missing (like half-keys) in the name of space saving is being lauded, the move to pull the old wired keyboard off shelves and replace it with an overpriced new device has not gone well with some fanboys.