What you need to know
- Apple's new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is now available in small and large format.
- New Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse accessories are available but are functionally the same as old ones.
Apple might have been shipping these things with the M1 iMac for a while now, but it just made the new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID available as a separate purchase. The keyboard is available with and without a numeric keypad with prices starting at $149. A standard Magic Keyboard without Touch ID is also available for $99.
There is a catch here, though. Anyone buying a new keyboard with Touch ID built in will also need to have an M1 Mac for it to work, otherwise, the keyboard will function like any other. Those with an M1 Mac will be able to use Touch ID to sign into their Mac and make purchases.
Alongside the three new keyboards, Apple has also released revised versions of its pointing devices. The new $79 Magic Mouse and $129 Magic Trackpad are functionally the same as the outgoing models, but with a slightly redesigned look to make them appear fresher all around.
These are the same accessories that ship with new M1 iMacs and this is the first time that they've been made available to people who don't want to have to buy a new Mac to get the new stuff.
All products are available with one-day shipping at the time of writing, and you may have luck trying to pick one of the new accessories up in-store if you happen to be passing by one.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.