Apple updated various mac based accessories for the first time since their release. Bringing new versions of their Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse, and Apple Wireless Keyboard. The big focus across all magic devices is that they’re redesigned & rechargeable. Moving from the classic AA batteries & to a charging solution based off Apple’s lightning connector.
Let’s breakdown the new hardware:
Magic Trackpad 2
The multi-touch trackpad brings the famous multi-touch trackpad from Macbook’s to the desktop. An accessory that can be bought separately or together with a new mac. The 2nd gen version sports an all new design thats sleek & in line with the other accessories. Redesigned in a complete metal enclosure with a white top to provide a sleek look. The surface itself features a sloped design but rids itself of the gap the former model had. A much more sturdier & responsive trackpad. Adopting Apple’s Force Touch technology we’re seeing across their iOS device & Macbook lineup.
The tracking surface itself is much more wider & provides an all encompassing surface for you to track/click. Housed with a lightning connector & switch to toggle power on the back of the device. The Magic Trackpad 2 will connect to your devices via Bluetooth.
However the all new trackpad will come at a steep price.
Price: $129 USD
Magic Mouse 2
The mouse received the slightest of changes. It adopted a modified design making the mouse a bit longer for easier tracking & ridded itself of the battery housing on the bottom of the mouse. While it still sports its odd ergonomic design it will now charge also via a lightning connector.
While its nothing drastic it’s nice to see the unification across the accessories & rechargeable feature.
Price: $79 USD
Seeing as the Apple Wireless Keyboard wasn’t named with the “Magic” tag this new updated keyboard won’t be receiving the “2” addition. The all new keyboard features a much more compact design while keeping the classic aluminum build & receiving the rechargeable update. The new keyboard rids itself of the unused space in order to make the function keys bigger. On top of that the keyboard will follow the design of the trackpad in order to fill the gap the former keyboard had. This makes the sloped design line up across both accessories & surely will provide a solid base for the keyboard.
Like the Trackpad the keyboard will connect via bluetooth & recharge over a lightning cable.
Price: $99 (Comes in various languages)
You can already purchase Apple’s new hardware from their site. Surely these will hit retail stores soon & we should be seeing price drops in the remaining old hardware. Overall the keyboard & trackpad designs are great to see & the unified rechargeable system Apple has implemented is a big update. No longer having to use 3rd party accessories to recharge the default hardware or spend money on batteries. On top of that updating the hardware to support Force Touch shows Apple’s push to get customers familiar with such gestures across all hardware desktop & mobile.
Grab you new “magical” hardware today!