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Apple's Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro impresses in X-ray images

Apple relies on an army of magnets to securely attach the iPad Pro to the Magic Keyboard. (Image source: iFixit)
Apple relies on an army of magnets to securely attach the iPad Pro to the Magic Keyboard. (Image source: iFixit)
Apple's first keyboard case with trackpad for the iPad Pro is just as expensive as it is heavy. A new X-ray image has shown why it is the latter, and partly explains the former too. Featuring a design more complicated than that of some laptops, the Magic Keyboard case is certainly intricate.
Alex Alderson,

The Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro undoubtedly divides opinion. On the one hand, it is a feat of engineering with its excellent keyboard and, albeit small, equally-good trackpad. On the other hand, the accessory is heavy and expensive. As we have touched on before, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a Magic Keyboard are not only heavier than a MacBook Air, but it is more expensive too.

iFixit has now taken some X-rays of the Magic Keyboard to find out what is going on inside. This insight offered is quite interesting, with the accessory featuring a trackpad design unlike those on recent MacBooks. Essentially one button, the trackpad has a lever system that engages with the button across the whole trackpad. 

The X-rays also offer a look at the inside of the keyboard's asymmetrical hinge mechanism, which is supported by a large spring. Additionally, Apple has employed an army of magnets that hold the iPad Pro securely in place and two metal plates to prevent the keyboard from tipping over. Overall, the Magic Keyboard is surprisingly intricate, and we can now see why it is so heavy at least. Whether its complexity justifies its exorbitant price is another question, though.

A close-up of the scissor switches on the Magic Keyboard. (Image source: iFixit)
A close-up of the scissor switches on the Magic Keyboard. (Image source: iFixit)
A close-up of the trackpad mechanism on the Magic Keyboard. (Image source: iFixit)
A close-up of the trackpad mechanism on the Magic Keyboard. (Image source: iFixit)
A close-up of the hinge mechanism on the Magic Keyboard. (Image source: iFixit)
A close-up of the hinge mechanism on the Magic Keyboard. (Image source: iFixit)

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Alex Alderson, 2020-05-14 (Update: 2020-05-14)
Alex Alderson
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.