Yesterday, Apple introduced their model new 24-inch iMac and alongside the brand new pc, in addition they unveiled a brand new Magic Keyboard with Contact ID constructed into it. The keyboard is at present solely obtainable in case you purchase the brand new iMac as Apple doesn’t seem like concerned with promoting it individually, at the very least for now.
There could possibly be an excellent purpose behind it as a result of because it seems, the brand new Contact ID function is barely appropriate with M1 Macs. We think about the keyboard can nonetheless be paired and used with non-M1 Macs, however you gained’t be capable to use the Contact ID function. Which means that together with the 24-inch iMac, it is going to solely play good with final 12 months’s MacBook Air, MacBook Professional, and Mac mini. Since two are laptops and have their very own built-in keyboard, there’s actually no have to promote the Magic Keyboard as a standalone accent.
Nevertheless, what’s fascinating is that regardless of the Contact ID within the keyboard being appropriate with M1 Macs, it isn’t appropriate with the brand new iPad Professional, which was not too long ago refreshed with an M1 chipset as properly. We’re unsure why Apple has not made them appropriate since they’re utilizing the identical chipset, but it surely could possibly be an working system concern since in the intervening time, the iPad Professional continues to be working on iPadOS versus macOS.
It’s doable that Apple will finally promote the keyboard by itself, however till we hear in any other case, the one option to get it’s to purchase the brand new iMac.
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