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  • Apple Launches New Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, & Magic Trackpad 2 With Force Touch

    Alongside the new 4k 21.5-inch iMac and refreshed 5k 27-inch iMacs that Apple launched Tuesday morning, Apple has also launched a new set of accessories for its Mac computers, one of which can also be used with iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads.

    The new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 are now available on Apple's Web site for purchase. The new accessories all use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries instead of disposable batteries, which use a Lightning to USB cable to charge up, and connect with Bluetooth low energy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Apple
    Apple today also introduced a new lineup of wireless accessories including the all-new Magic Keyboard™, Magic Mouse® 2 and Magic Trackpad® 2. The Magic devices have been redesigned to feel more comfortable than ever, and feature rechargeable batteries that completely eliminate the need for disposable batteries. The new Magic Trackpad 2 also brings Apple’s revolutionary Force Touch interface to the desktop, adding a new dimension to the iMac experience.
    The new Magic Trackpad 2 comes with the same Force Touch technology as the most modern MacBook and MacBook Pros do, allowing those who purchase the latest iMacs to experience the new gesture to input information or perform actions.

    In terms of price, users will be looking at $99 for the new Magic Keyboard, $129 for the Magic Trackpad 2, or $79 for the Magic Mouse 2. It is worth noting that all of the new iMacs announced this morning already include a Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2 in the box, but the Magic Trackpad 2 can be purchased separately if the user desires the Force Touch experience similar to the MacBooks.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Launches New Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, & Magic Trackpad 2 With Force Touch started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      Did I read that correct, that it charges via lightning cable? That does seem convenient, at least for me, since I always have one of those plugged into my computer to charge my phone
      Also, I need upgraded myself. Is it safe to assume the wireless keyboard doesn't come with USB ports like the wired keyboard does? They are also convenient for charging my phone, but would definitely drain the battery quicker! I still don't think this new iMac can convince me to upgrade my 2007 iMac but its getting more and more tempting. Maybe next year!
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Love the idea that it charges via lightning cable. I don't like the price of the Trackpad tho. The mouse is the same price but the trackpad is almost double?? Huh?
    1. SirZyrion's Avatar
      SirZyrion -
      The original Magic Keyboard didn't have USB ports, and photos from Apple.com only show the Lightning port:

      Magic Keyboard - US English - Apple

      Probably because of battery drain. Why charge from the keyboard when you can charge directly from the iMac? I just wish this keyboard was backlit. That's a great feature on the MacBook Pro, and it's constantly missing from iMacs. I use a 3rd party backlit keyboard that's fantastic, but it doesn't match my Mac's finish as well.

      The Magic Trackpad 2 might cost more because it's got a glass surface and Force Touch. But twice the cost seems a bit much. Still, I can see myself buying this soon.
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Yea the only thing that interests me here is the new trackpad, but YiKeS! is that expensive... I'll wait for a review to see if it's worth the cost. If force touch can speed up my productivity somehow and other devs are going to incorporate it into their products in useful ways (ahem, Adobe) then this may be a good investment. I'm a bit sad that I recently got my iMac 5K a couple months ago and missed out on this update, but alas, I've very much been enjoying it.
    1. Bo Troxell's Avatar
      Bo Troxell -
      Hate the placement of the charging port on the new Magic Mouse. What were they thinking?

    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      Hate the placement of the charging port on the new Magic Mouse. What were they thinking?
      Well, the only sensible way I can think to use that is to charge it overnight. Shouldn't be too hard since it lasts about a month.
    1. spinal_cord's Avatar
      spinal_cord -
      I'd prefer it if they'd just update their windows magic mouse driver to actually work and provide the same functionality as on a OSX. Why the hell would you need force touch on a mouse?
    1. Wolftamer's Avatar
      Wolftamer -
      I will never understand why Apple refuses to put a 10 key on the wireless keyboards....