Three and a half months after the launch of the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Apple finally released it from its iMac offer. The accessory is now available on its own, via Apple Stores and the company’s website.
There are two versions: the standard model and a longer model with a numeric keypad (pretty much what the company offers with all of its magic keyboards), costing $ 149 and $ 179 respectively. There’s also a $ 99 version that keeps the new rounded and compact design, but ditches Touch ID in favor of a key that locks the system. But where’s the fun in that?
All models have dedicated buttons for Spotlight, Dictation, Do Not Disturb, and Emoji (I ended up disabling the latter on mine because I couldn’t avoid accidental presses 🙁🙁).
One important caveat in all of this: Touch ID only works on Macs running the M1 chip, which disqualifies a fairly significant portion of Macs currently on the market. If you have one of these fancy new systems, the feature can be used to secure connections, purchases, etc. The limitation appears to be the result of Touch ID’s use of the secure enclave found on Apple’s new chip.
The keyboard includes a woven USB-C to Lightning cable, although Touch ID also works when the keyboard is connected wirelessly via Bluetooth. The redesigned versions of the Magic Mouse and Trackpad are also new, at $ 79 and $ 129 each.