Three and a half months after the introduction of the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Apple finally separated it from the iMac suite. These accessories can now be purchased separately at the Apple Store and on the company’s website.
There are two versions, a standard model and an extended model with a numeric keypad (almost all the magic keyboard models of the company), and the prices are respectively 149 US dollars and 179 US dollars. There is also a $99 version, which retains the new compact and sleek design, but abandons Touch ID in favor of a key to the locking system, but what’s the fun?
All models have dedicated buttons for focus, dictation, do not disturb, and emoji (I disabled the latter because I can’t prevent accidentally pressing the buttons). One major caveat to all of this: Touch ID is only available for Macs equipped with the M1 chip, which prevents most Macs on the market today. , This function can be used for secure login, shopping, etc.
This restriction appears to be due to the use of Secure Enclave’s Touch ID on Apple’s new chip.The keyboard includes a braided USBC to Lightning cable, although Touch ID will work even if the keyboard is connected wirelessly via Bluetooth. There are also new versions of Magic Mouse and touchpads, each priced at between $79 and $129.