Apple Magic Keyboard could come to more iPad models

The eye-catching Apple Magic Keyboard might be available for a range of iPads.
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There will be versions of Apple’s snap-on Magic Keyboard for models other than the iPad Pro, according to a reliable source.

Apple’s accessory won over reviewers and users this spring, but it’s currently only intended for the company’s high-end tablets. Apparently that will change.

This unconfirmed report comes from L0vetodream on Twitter.

This source has an accuracy rate of 90.5%, according to AppleTrack. They’ve only been sharing inside information for a few months, but almost everything has been on the nose.

Maybe an Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad Air

As noted in the Cult of Mac review of the Magic Keyboard, this accessory turns the iPad into more of a laptop than ever. That’s because it’s Apple’s first keyboard case that also includes a trackpad. The design grabs everyone’s attention as it lets the iPad appear to float.

This add-on communicates with the iPad Pro via the Smart Connector, not Bluetooth. And Apple has started integrating this connector into more than the Pro series – the iPad Air introduced in 2019 has it.

Leaked information indicates that the upgraded iPad Air coming in the second half of 2020 will have a bigger screen. It may well debut a version of the Apple Magic Keyboard specifically designed for it.

The elephant in the room is a prize. Apple’s flexible keyboard for the 11-inch iPad Pro costs $299, while the version for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro costs $349. These are somewhat reasonable for computers that start at $799 and $999, respectively. But the current iPad Air starts at $499. Will people buy an accessory that could be 50% of the cost of the tablet?

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