Apple introduced a host of new devices at September’s “Hey Siri” event. The iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPad Pro, and fourth-generation Apple TV were all introduced at the event. Apple had more up their sleeve for 2015, though, as today saw the announcement of a new 21.5-inch 4K iMac alongside a new Magic Mouse, Keyboard, and Trackpad.
We reported last week about the possible introduction of a new Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad, when code of the latest OS X El Capitan beta hinted at support for the devices. Apple officially announced this morning the introduction of the Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard. All three devices have made the switch from AA batteries to rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for their power sources, and each recharge via Lightning cable. According to Apple, each device lasts roughly a month on a full charge, and a complete charge from completely drained takes only about two hours.
The now-rectangular Magic Trackpad 2 is thinner and flatter than the original Magic Trackpad, but a bit wider – the Magic Trackpad 2 features a 29% larger surface area. Users can now click anywhere on the surface, and the new Trackpad utilizes the same Force Touch technology found in the latest MacBooks. Pressing on the Trackpad creates haptic feedback – the user can ‘feel’ the click on their finger when they press down. The Magic Trackpad 2 is a huge improvement over its predecessor.
The new Magic Mouse looks and feels very similar to the original, with a similar multi-touch surface that uses gestures and taps for navigation. The new Magic Mouse certainly glides a bit smoother over different surfaces, but the biggest change here is the addition of the rechargeable battery.
The new Magic Keyboard is smaller and thinner than the original, as well. The keys feature Apple’s new “San Francisco” typeface, and are a bit larger and flatter than those found in the original. The keys also feature a “re-engineered scissor mechanism” that will “increase key stability by 33 percent”, according to Apple. The feel of the keyboard is very similar to those found on the new MacBooks.
With new features on each device, however, comes a new price tag. The Magic Trackpad 2 will set you back $129, the Magic Mouse 2 $79, and the Magic Keyboard $99. For those that use the devices often, the new features and rechargeable batteries will likely be well worth the cost.
All three devices are now available at the Apple Store.