Upcoming Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro could feature a more premium material
The upcoming Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro could feature a more premium material
The new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro 2024 might use a more premium material, according to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg.
In his latest Power On newsletter, Gurman reiterates his earlier report that the new Magic Keyboard will make the iPad Pro look even more like a notebook and come with a bigger trackpad. This is made possible by the switch to aluminium for the area around the keyboard, which resembles the top case of MacBooks. The switch to aluminium should also help improve the durability of the keyboard.
The current Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro uses a soft-touch rubber material around the keyboard, which Gurman says is vulnerable to bending and tearing at the edges over time. The switch to a more durable and premium material should address this durability issue. Since aluminium is a lightweight material, Gurman believes the new Magic Keyboard should not weigh much more than the current model (700g).
The new Magic Keyboard will retain the single USB-C port and cover material for the exterior shell. However, it remains to be seen if the switch to aluminium will lead Apple to raise the price of the new Magic Keyboard. The current Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro is priced at S$453 and S$534 for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, respectively, which, as you can tell, is quite expensive.