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The new Magic Keyboard for the Apple iPad Pro is a real heavyweight

Even the MacBook Air is lighter than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard attached. (Image source: Apple)
Even the MacBook Air is lighter than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a Magic Keyboard attached. (Image source: Apple)
The Magic Keyboard with an integrated trackpad looks elegant and lightweight. However, it turns out that there is a good reason why Apple has kept the weight of the case a secret so far; it is damn heavy. So heavy is the Magic Keyboard that it makes the 12.9-inch iPad Pro outweigh the new MacBook Air.
Alex Alderson,

The Magic Keyboard has caused quite the stir, especially considering that it is just a keyboard accessory. Not only does it look unusual, but it is also Apple's first iPad Pro accessory with a built-in trackpad. Compatible with older generations of the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Magic Keyboard supposedly integrates the same keyboard switches found in the MacBook Air 2020 and MacBook Pro 16.

Apple does not list the weight of the Magic Keyboard, though. However, the company has now started delivering pre-orders, and people have been weighing their cases. According to a thread on MacRumors forums, the Magic Keyboard for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro weighs 710 g, 67 g more than the latest LTE model. By contrast, Marques Brownlee has demonstrated that the same case weighs 702 g.

Taking either value, that means the combined weight of a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard exceeds that of the new MacBook Air. The 11-inch model apparently weighs over 1 kg with a Magic Keyboard attached, too.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro also costs more than a comparable MacBook Air when you factor in a Magic Keyboard. While the iPad Pro has a 120 Hz display, a touchscreen and pen support, the trackpad on the Magic Keyboard is also considerably smaller than on any other recent MacBook Air. All things considered, we are struggling to see the value of an iPad Pro and a Magic Keyboard over a new MacBook Air.

(Image source: MacRumors forums)
(Image source: MacRumors forums)
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Alex Alderson, 2020-04-22 (Update: 2020-04-22)
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.