Magic Keyboard (Mac)

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Magic Keyboard
Apple Magic Keyboard - US remix transparent.png
Apple Magic Keyboard - US English
DeveloperApple Inc.
TypeBluetooth and USB keyboard
Release dateOriginal:
October 13, 2015; 6 years ago (2015-10-13)
With Numeric Keypad:
June 5, 2017; 4 years ago (2017-06-05)
2021 revisions:
May 21, 2021; 8 months ago (2021-05-21)
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 eject key, a distinctive feature of the first generation Magic Keyboard

The Magic Keyboard is a family of wireless computer keyboards produced by Apple Inc. The keyboards are bundled with the iMac and Mac Pro and sold as standalone products, replacing the Apple Wireless Keyboard product line. Each Magic Keyboard model combination has a compact or full-size key layout for a specific region, a function key or Touch ID sensor next to F12, and color scheme variant.

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.[1]


First generation[edit]

The original Magic Keyboard design was available in two models:

  • (A1644) Magic Keyboard, first available in October 2015
  • (A1843) Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad,[2] first available in June 2017

This keyboard's design was similar to its predecessor, but had a lower profile. Apple re-engineered the scissor mechanism to increase key stability by 33 percent and reduce key travel. Typeface on the keys was also changed, from VAG Rounded to San Francisco.

It had a sealed non-replaceable rechargeable Lithium-ion battery which is charged via a Lightning port on the rear of the keyboard.[3] The rechargeable battery lasted one month between charges. It used an ST Microelectronics STM32F103VB 72 MHz 32-bit RISC ARM Cortex-M3 processor and included the Broadcom BCM20733 Enhanced Data Rate Bluetooth 3.0 Single-Chip Solution.

It was 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.


The Magic Keyboard (A1644) was released alongside the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic Trackpad 2 in October 2015.

On June 5, 2017, Apple released the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (A1843) to replace the wired Apple Keyboard which was discontinued that day. It was longer, and had 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.[4]

At the same time, the standard Magic Keyboard (without a numeric keypad) also received a minor visual update with new Control and Option key symbols.

Second generation[edit]

An updated Magic Keyboard design introduced in 2021 includes aluminum casing on the bottom side, asymmetric corner keys, and F4-F6 function keys reassigned to Spotlight, Dictation/Siri, and Do Not Disturb. Using this new design, two additional model options also include Touch ID sensors. The updated keyboard models include:

  • (A2450) Magic Keyboard[5]
  • (A2449) Magic Keyboard with Touch ID[6]
  • (A2520) Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad[7]

The keyboards that have Touch ID sensors can scan the user's fingerprint to unlock the newest Mac models that use Apple silicon.[8][9] Keyboard models that come bundled with the colored M1 iMac also have a matching underside color.

iPad version[edit]

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.[10] It also supports the iPad Air released later that year.[11]


  1. ^ "MacBook Pro 16" 2019 Teardown". iFixit. 2019-11-18. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  2. ^ "A1843 Wireless Keyboard Cover Letter Cover Letter Apple". FCC ID. Retrieved 2021-08-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ Becerra, Leah (2015-10-13). "Apple's New Magic Keyboard, Mouse, and Force Touch Trackpad Are All Rechargeable". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  4. ^ Potuck, Michael (2019-12-10). "New black and silver Magic Keyboard and Mouse only coming with Mac Pro, at least for now". 9to5Mac (in American English). Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  5. ^ "A2450 Apple Magic Keyboard Cover Letter Cover Letter for BCGA2449v1.1 Apple". FCC ID. Retrieved 2021-08-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "A2449 Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID Cover Letter Cover Letter for BCGA2449v1.1 Apple". FCC ID. Retrieved 2021-08-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "A2520 Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad Cover Letter Cover Letter for BCGA2520v1.1 Apple ". FCC ID. Retrieved 2021-08-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Apple brings Touch ID to the Magic Keyboard". TechCrunch (in American English). Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  9. ^ "Magic Keyboard With Touch ID Compatible With All M1 Macs, But Only Sold With iMac For Now". MacRumors. Retrieved 2021-04-22.
  10. ^ "Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro 11‑inch (2nd generation) - US English". Apple (in American English). Retrieved 2020-03-18.
  11. ^ "Apple unveils all-new iPad Air with A14 Bionic, Apple's most advanced chip - Apple". Apple (in American English). Retrieved 2020-09-25.

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