People are (still) complaining about the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro's battery drain
What you need to know
- People are complaining about the impact the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is having.
- It's causing the iPad Pro's battery to drain more than expected.
- But this isn't a new problem.
The arrival of the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is something that has gone down very well but there's still one problem that remains, weeks after its introduction.
According to multiple reports across Twitter some people have noted that they are seeing dramatically worse iPad Pro battery life when connected to the Magic Keyboard. And it's becoming a bit of a thing.
Yeah man. IDK if it's the backlight or what. It's rough tho.Yeah man. IDK if it's the backlight or what. It's rough tho.— Quinn Nelson (@SnazzyQ) May 13, 2020May 13, 2020
Absolutely seeing this as well https://t.co/CQjJIZCIKBAbsolutely seeing this as well https://t.co/CQjJIZCIKB— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) May 13, 2020May 13, 2020
Contrary to popular belief, the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro doesn't have its own battery and instead leeches power from the tablet that it's connected to. Some battery draw is to be expected, but the same goes for the Smart Keyboard Folio and that's been just fine. Two years into that product's lifecycle and not a bad word said about it.
So what's going on here? While some people have reported the backlight on their keyboard staying on, even though it isn't being used, it's important to note that this isn't a new problem. People have been talking about it for weeks with Matt Birchler even going so far as to produce a graph about it. His sense was that things weren't as bad as some people thought, though.
The folks at iPad Inisght have also been following this and have had some success in getting the keyboard swapped out. Maybe that's an approach impacted users can take once local Apple Stores are open again.
Until then I'd very much like to hear from any owners in the comments. Is your Magic Keyboard impacting your iPad Pro's battery life?
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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.
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Definitely draining. I've got a 2018 12.9" iPad Pro and with the Keyboard folio, I never had to charge midday. Now with the Magic Keyboard, it will be dead by around 9pm if I don't.
I'm not having near the battery drain some are having. Also it's hard to compare it to the folio which literally does not have backlit keys so of course it should last longer.
My thoughts are that this is an iOS 13 related issue that reveals itself through the Magic Keyboard. iOS 13 has been a trainwreck, I still have a few bugs on iOS 13.5, the most annoying one is that Safari sometimes softlocks on the currently opened tab, luckily you can just copy the web address, close and open a new tab
Ahhhhh. I love the surface. The device the ipad longs to be at this point. No battery drain from surface keyboards.
That's kind of a moot point given the Surface has had its own issues in the past with Windows. I just want OS manufacturers to prioritize quality over quantity, and make it a new release every 2 years instead of every single year, then we wouldn't see these issues happening so often
With my iMac, the Magic Trackpad runs down to 10% every 2 weeks or so. I would expect the trackpad on the iPad Magic Keyboard would be a factor in increasing the drain. Funny how that hasn’t entered into this discussion.