A new iPad Air is due later this year and now a new rumor suggests there could be a sensational new accessory, a Magic Keyboard, to go along with it.
Recently, Twitter account @L0vetodream has established a reputation as a funder with a solid track record. In one of their last tweets, they phrased their leak in typically poetic form: “In my dream, the Magic Keyboard isn’t just for the iPad Pro.”
That might sound a bit vague, you say? True, but that’s @L0vetodream’s style. And that’s enough to give us a clue.
Currently, the Magic Keyboard is available in two sizes: one for the 11-inch iPad Pro (first and second generation models) and one for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (third and fourth generation).
If you haven’t tried it, it’s fantastic (you can read my review here). First, the keys travel like the latest MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, meaning they’re sumptuously comfortable to the touch. Second, the keys are backlit with an adjustable light level (and maybe even better controls coming soon) so you can type in the dark without having to squint to make out the keys. And, thirdly, it has the same superbly simple connection to the iPad Pro as the Smart Keyboard Folio, although here you can use a USB-C connector to charge the iPad while you type. Very good, but only Pro users can benefit from it.
So a Magic Keyboard for another iPad is certainly desirable. As Apple is believed to be working on a successor to the iPad Air, this seems like the most likely place it would focus on first. After all, the iPad mini is too small, and while Apple eventually shares its advanced features with the entry-level iPad, it tends not to be first on the list. Well, that’s fair enough, because if the iPad could do everything the Air and Pro models could do, there would be little reason to buy anything else.
Eagle-eyed readers may notice that currently the iPad Air and iPad ship in nearly identically sized cases, so close that the current Smart Keyboard folio works for both.
So you might be wondering, does that mean one Magic Keyboard will also fit both?
The thing is, the iPad Air we’re expecting is likely to have an increase in screen size from the current 10.5-inches to around 11-inches.
While it’s possible that the increased screen size will be achieved through thinner bezels in the same size chassis, I suspect Apple will still only make a Magic Keyboard compatible with its iPad Air, at least initially.
The anticipated iPad Air isn’t expected until the fall, so there’s plenty of time for more rumors and reports.
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