Editor’s comment: Magic keyboards work incredibly well. I have two. The oldest one I had in nine years and it still works great. They have an excellent Bluetooth range to operate from another room, and the battery life of the newer models is phenomenal. I only need to charge a new one every couple of months or so.
When the iMac M1 debuted earlier this year, I worried less about the computer and more about the fact that it came with a Magic Keyboard with a fingerprint reader. I usually work with my MacBook Pro connected to a 40-inch monitor. I cannot use Touch ID because the lid is closed. Unfortunately, until now, the new Magic Keyboards have only been available with the purchase of an iMac.
On Tuesday morning, Apple discreetly added two new products to its accessory pages – Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad. Apart from the fingerprint scanner, the two keyboards are identical to the previous models. They will work via Bluetooth with any Mac model or any Bluetooth-equipped device. I am using my old model as a keyboard for my PlayStation 5.
However, there is one caveat: the fingerprint reader is only compatible with Macs with the M1. The reason is that the Touch ID sensor communicates with the Secure Enclave, a special cryptographic coprocessor, available only on the Apple chip. So if you have the latest MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, or iMac with an M1 chip, you’re fine.
Starting today, customers can place orders directly from Apple with free shipping. Standard Magic Keyboard USD 149, and the one with the numeric keypad, US $ 179… A USB-C to Lightning charging cable is included with both models.