Apple is committed to transforming the iPad into a real laptop. In addition to the work they’re doing on the software level, they’re also making major advances in the accessories aspect with the recent launch of the Magic Keyboard. From iFixit, like everything new that comes to market, they wanted to see the inside of this new keyboard.
The Magic Keyboard on the iPad features magnets
In conjunction with the launch of the iPad Pro 2020, Apple introduced the new Magic Keyboard that would act as a protective sleeve with an integrated keyboard and trackpad. The latter is the most interesting thing it includes since it exploits the operating system’s feature to use a mouse as if it were a computer. And this is what is pursued with this case that is not too cheap.
And whenever a new technological product comes on the market, iFixit is there to take it apart and see the inside. This time they have passed the Magic Keyboard through an X-ray machine to see its internal composition and the truth is that it is amazing. At first glance we might think that this is an extremely simple case that keeps the iPad raised to improve our comfort. But after looking at this X-ray you can see quite a bit of internal complexity.
On the hinges you can clearly distinguish a small and a larger coil to give life to the Smart Connector that connects the iPad to the keyboard itself. This is vital for transferring the necessary power to the keyboard and for it to function properly, as well as transferring the corresponding data.
There are also several magnets distributed to keep the iPad in suspension in the air and prevent it from falling when it is not supported on any horizontal surface. The ring of magnets around the camera cutout is particularly noteworthy, something iFixit has categorised as ‘a bunch of polarised bits’ in order to align the components of the iPad Pro.
Trackpad operation is not like a Mac
On the trackpad, for example, you can clearly see how there are buttons under the touch panel that seek to capture the pressure. This isn’t something we have on the MacBook trackpad that we might think has a similar function. But not at all, since on the Apple notebook there is no button with haptic feedback . But we can imagine the reason for this difference, since on the iPad the thickness of the keyboard is much lower than that of a laptop.
Although it’s about turning the iPad into a MacBook, the truth is that there are big physical differences between the two computers and the trackpad will work differently. The keyboard, if it is very similar, has a scissor mechanism in both cases. In the future it is possible that the operating system will end up accompanying this Magic Keyboard for the iPad and giving more functions to the pointer.
And you, what do you think of this Magic Keyboard for the iPad?