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Magic Keyboard reportedly causes massive battery drain on some iPads

Apple's Magic Keyboards causes rapid battery drain in some iPads
Apple's Magic Keyboards causes rapid battery drain in some iPads (image via Apple)
Several iPad users are complaining about accelerated battery drain when the tablet is paired with the keyboard. One user lost nearly 25% battery with just two hours of continuous keyboard use. The problem appears to be software agnostic as it persists on the beta and stable version of iPadOS.
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Apple has long marketed the iPad as a laptop replacement. No laptop is complete without a keyboard, and that's why we now have a Magic Keyboard to go with an iPad. It turns out that the keyboard is less than magical, as a lot of users are complaining of accelerated battery drain when used with an iPad.

Twitter (and other forums) are abuzz with complaints of iPads losing copious amounts of juice when connected to a Magic Keyboard. In some instances, the drain is as high as 3% every ten minutes. iPadinsights notes that his iPad lost 25% battery in just two hours of writing. It is puzzling as to why the keyboard uses so much power, considering it connects to the iPad via Bluetooth.

iPadinsights further adds that it is not an issue with iPadOS either, as the problem persists on both the beta and stable versions of the software. It could very well be the result of a defective batch of keyboards, as many people say that their iPads don't exhibit any such symptoms. Apple is yet to acknowledge the issue officially, and we'll be sure to update the article once it does.

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Anil Ganti
Anil Ganti - Senior Tech Writer - 624 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
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Anil Satyanarayana, 2020-05-14 (Update: 2020-05-14)