The Apple Magic Keyboard is a Must-Have Accessory for an iPad Pro 12.9-inch

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The new Apple Magic Keyboard cover can turn your iPad Pro 12.9-inch into a mid-size laptop.

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Along with their updated iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2021, Apple introduced a very cool and downright essential accessory: a Magic Keyboard for 5th generation Pro tablets. This little add-on allows turning your iPad Pro tablet into a laptop computer. The keyboard is exceptionally well-made and comfortable to type on, allowing you to work on a tablet more efficiently. 

So let’s see what else this Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9-in has to offer. 

Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9‑inch System Requirements

As noted, this keyboard model was made for use specifically with iPad Pro 12.9-inch models. It will work with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation tablet models, running iPadOS 14.5 or later.

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9-inch Design

Some of the most notable features of the latest Apple Magic Keyboard are:

  • USB-C port availability
  • “Floating” design with magnetic attachment 
  • Backlit keys.

Overall, the new Apple Magic Keyboard is a fine premium accessory through and through. A grippy soft-touch material covers the magnetic attachment mechanism, but you can notice how strong it is once you open it up. In addition, it automatically locks into a position. So you can open and close the keyboard cover endlessly without having to worry that the grip might lose its firmness.  

Another thing is that the Magic keyboard is rather heavy. Its panel is lined with multiple magnets to connect with the iPad Pro and provide that floating-like feel. You can attach the keyboard to the tablet’s case and adjust it smoothly for an optimal viewing angle. These little magnets are quite powerful, leaving no chances for accidental detaching. At the same time, it is really easy to pop the keyboard on and off on your iPad Pro.

The Trackpad

This Magic keyboard essentially transforms the iPad into a traditional 13-inch laptop. Plus, it has a decent size trackpad and scissor-switch keys. So adding a keyboard to your Apple iPad Pro allows for a better way of writing emails, taking notes, or pretty much anything you would need a laptop for. And keys finishes give you an impression of typing on a MacBook

The Magic keyboard trackpad is designed for multi-touch gestures and the cursor. It allows you to scroll, click, highlight, switch between the apps so that you can multitask more efficiently.

The Magic Keyboard uses a Smart Connector technology to attach directly to the iPad Pro tablet, so no Bluetooth pairing is required. Besides, the Smart Connector charges the keyword, which is very convenient. 

Another exciting thing is that the trackpad was explicitly designed to work in iPadOS, changing how you interact with your Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch tablet. 

Size-wise it is more or less identical to the one that comes on Microsoft Surface Pro models, but the Magic Keyboard trackpad works better, as it allows users to click anywhere within the touch area. Meanwhile, the Surface cover trackpads are only clickable in the center and at the bottom. 

Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 12.9-inch Pricing & Color Options

While the Magic Keyboard is great, it does have some downsides, namely, its price and color selection. The latest keyboard model is pretty expensive, costing $349. Apple also allows buyers to make monthly payments of $29.08 for 12 months at 0% APR. 

As for color options, it comes in just two versions: black or white. However, many iPad Pro 12.9-inch users expressed the desire to see more fun and bright colors in the future. And we are there with them: it would be nice to be able to add a little pop of color to your iPad for a more customized look. Especially if you are paying this much money for a keyboard, a little more variety would not hurt. 

Bottom Line

The Apple Magic Keyboard cover offers iPad Pro users the possibility of turning their tablets into laptops with one quick move, making the work experience far more enjoyable and convenient. If you can afford it, that is. But if you need a laptop yet don’t want to spend another $349 on an accessory, we won’t blame you. In fact, we may have an easy solution for you. Did you know you could sell a used iPad and many other types of preowned gadgets to us? Here at Gadget Salvation, we offer fair and upfront prices and various payment methods to choose from (PayPal, Zelle, Venmo, or check), not just store credit, like Apple. And if you have any questions, hover over the Help section in the top right corner of your screen–we are just a click away!

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