I’ve been writing about the Magic Keyboard for a full three weeks, covering the good, the bad and the battery life. After spending a few days with my second one (see here for my reason for getting a replacement), now it’s time to put a bow on things and wrap up my final thoughts on the device.
If you a regular reader, you may have already picked up on this, but I am not quite as enthusiastic about the Magic Keyboard as most of the Apple blogosphere. I’m not saying that I don’t like it, because I actually do in a lot of respects. It is very good at the things that Apple designed it for. But it is that narrowness of scope, along with a few other drawbacks, that I can’t completely shake off.
While there are still plenty of good things I have to say about the Magic Keyboard in the future, here is all of the bad news I’ve come across so far.
I’ve gotten used to disappointment with Apple keyboards. I never liked the Smart Keyboards for iPad Pro and the lack of backlighting on the original Magic Keyboard holds it back in comparison to cheaper, comparable quality Bluetooth keyboards that do. Thankfully I was never forced to use the terrible Butterfly Keyboards that MacBook users have had to deal with for years, but they can’t be ignored. The last Apple Keyboard I liked was their older Wireless Keyboard and I owned it ten years ago. This is not a good track record.
I guess I shouldn’t have gotten my hopes up and expected different this time, but here we are. The new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro is far more limited than I initially hoped and this has been confirmed by video reviews from people who got them early.
Will it live up to the hype or the high price tag?
While Apple originally slated the new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro for release in May after it was announced alongside the new 2020 iPad Pros, it was made available for pre-order today in Apple’s online store. The initial delivery window starts next week.