Apple has unveiled updated versions of the Magic Keyboard, Mouse and Trackpad.
Along with the new 21.5-inch iMac Retina 4K, Apple also introduced The all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 on Tuesday. The major difference is that the new accessories have built-in rechargeable batteries.
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The built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery removes the need for AA batteries, or any removable batteries for that matter. Charging is done with the included Lightning to USB cable.
A full charge is completed in about 2 hours, and provides enough power for about a month or more of usage.
The new Apple accessories automatically pair with Macs using a Lightning to USB cable. And with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology, users get a reliable, secure connection up to 30 feet away.
Apple says that the new Magic Keyboard offers a reengineered scissor mechanism to increase key stability by 33% and optimized key travel. Together with a new lower profile, these improvements make typing more comfortable and precise.
The Magic Mouse 2 has new internal structure with fewer moving parts. This solid but lighter build, along with an optimized foot design, results in a smoother glide with less resistance. There are no other functionality enhancements compared to the Magic Mouse.
The Magic TrackPad 2 is 29% larger and has Force Touch technology.
Magic Keyboard is on sale for $99. The Magic Mouse 2 is sold for $79 and the Magic Trackpad 2 has a retail price of $129. All three accessories are available now in the Apple Store.
Is it worthwhile to upgrade to the new accessories? If you are annoyed by swapping and charging AA batteries, the upgrade is very tempting. If you have adopted the TrackPad, the new one should be even more up your alley. I have not managed to get used to the TrackPad and only use the Magic Mouse. I am personally not tempted to spend $180 for a new keyboard and mouse to avoid handling AA batteries.
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I will wait to get these new accessories with my next iMac.