Magic Keyboard (Mac)

The Magic Keyboard is the current computer keyboard produced by Apple Inc. It was released alongside the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic Trackpad 2 in October 2015. An extended layout version called the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad was released in June 2017. It is the successor to the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

Magic Keyboard
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Apple Magic Keyboard - UK English
DeveloperApple Inc.
TypeBluetooth keyboard
Release dateMagic Keyboard:
October 13, 2015; 5 years ago (2015-10-13)
Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad:
June 5, 2017; 3 years ago (2017-06-05)
InputQWERTY keyboard
ConnectivityBluetooth 3.0+EDR
Lightning port
PowerRecyclable Rechargeable Li-Po Battery (2980 mAh)
PlatformBluetooth-enabled Mac computer with OS X 10.11 or later and iOS devices with iOS 9.1 or later
DimensionsMagic Keyboard:
0.16–0.43 inch (0.41–1.09 cm) x 10.98 inches (27.9 cm) x 4.52 inches (11.49 cm)
Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad:
0.16–0.43 inch (0.41–1.09 cm) x 16.48 inches (41.86 cm) x 4.52 inches (11.49 cm) (H x W x D)
MassMagic Keyboard:
0.51 pound (0.231 kg)
Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad:
0.86 pound (0.39 kg)
PredecessorApple Wireless Keyboard
Related articlesMagic Mouse 2
Magic Trackpad 2


The Magic Keyboard is similar to its predecessor but it has a lower profile. Apple re-engineered the scissor mechanism to increase key stability by 33 percent and reduce key travel.

It has a sealed non-replaceable rechargeable Lithium-ion battery which is charged via a Lightning port on the rear of the keyboard.[1] The rechargeable battery lasts one month between charges. It uses an ST Microelectronics STM32F103VB 72 MHz 32-bit RISC ARM Cortex-M3 processor and includes the Broadcom BCM20733 Enhanced Data Rate Bluetooth 3.0 Single-Chip Solution.

It is compatible with Macs running OS X El Capitan and later, iPhones and iPads running iOS 9 or later, and TVs running Apple TV Software 7.0 or tvOS 10 or later.

2017 updatesEdit

On June 5, 2017, the Magic Keyboard received a minor visual update with new Control and Option key symbols. Apple also released an additional version called the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad to replace the wired Apple Keyboard which was discontinued that day. It is longer, and has an extended key layout with a numeric keypad and a different arrow key arrangement. A space gray Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad with black keys was bundled with the iMac Pro and later made available for standalone purchase. A version in a silver finish with black keys was bundled with the 2019 Mac Pro.[2]

Apple also refers to the internal keyboards in MacBooks released after November 2019 as the Magic Keyboard, which uses an identical scissor-mechanism with slightly shallower keys.[3]

iPad versionEdit

In March 2020 Apple announced a Magic Keyboard with integrated trackpad for 2018 and newer iPad Pros with trackpad support which connects through Smart Connector.[4] It also supports the iPad Air released later that year.[5]



  1. ^ Becerra, Leah (2015-10-13). "Apple's New Magic Keyboard, Mouse, and Force Touch Trackpad Are All Rechargeable". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  2. ^ Potuck, Michael (2019-12-10). "New black and silver Magic Keyboard and Mouse only coming with Mac Pro, at least for now". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  3. ^ "MacBook Pro 16" 2019 Teardown". iFixit. 2019-11-18. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  4. ^ "Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 11‑inch (2nd generation) - US English". Apple. Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  5. ^ "Apple unveils all-new iPad Air with A14 Bionic, Apple's most advanced chip - Apple". Apple. Retrieved 2020-09-25.

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