The heavy truth about the iPad Pro’s Magic Keyboard
When Apple introduced the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, it determined to play coy about how a lot it weighed. The result’s that, regardless of some correct hypothesis, none of us came upon for positive till this week when the first keyboards arrived in the fingers of reviewers and clients. And so, throughout the midst of our world isolation occasion, we have been all spared a few weeks of unhealthy takes from tech pundits. Alas, these days at the moment are over.
But I’ve obtained excellent news! While the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro does certainly make an iPad Pro weigh as a lot as a laptop computer, you solely have to purchase one if you wish to use your iPad that manner. It’s your selection—and that claims all of it about the iPad’s best attraction.
Weighs as a lot as a laptop computer
There’s no getting round it: the new Magic Keyboard is heavy. So heavy, actually, that whenever you connect one to the 11-inch iPad Pro, it’s virtually as heavy as the outdated 11-inch MacE-book Air. And whenever you connect one to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it’s virtually as heavy as the 13-inch MacE-book Pro.
This is a revelation that may come as no shock to these of us who’ve been utilizing the iPad with heavy laptop-style keyboard circumstances for the previous couple of years. When I’m sitting in my yard writing on my iPad Pro with a Brydge keyboard hooked up, I’m basically engaged on a 13-inch laptop computer, and it weighs simply as a lot as you’d anticipate.
But these specs legitimately break some folks’s brains. This is as a result of they’ve made the mistake of classifying the iPad as a lesser kind of gadget, a compromise that folks solely use as a result of it gives one thing the Mac can’t. The second that the iPad begins to strategy the Mac’s area, these folks get defensive. “Why don’t you just use a MacBook Pro,” they are saying. (I’ve heard that one an terrible lot over the years.)
There’s quite a bit to unravel there. As I wrote final month, “What makes the iPad great is its ultimate flexibility.” Yes, I select to make use of an iPad partially as a result of I’ve constructed up a group of apps and Shortcuts that permit me do my job. But I additionally select to make use of an iPad as a result of it might probably so shortly remodel into different units. My “laptop” will also be a (comparatively) light-weight pill, or can flip into an audio enhancing workstation that I management by way of an Apple Pencil. Or I can clip it right into a desktop stand, connect a USB keyboard and Magic Trackpad, and make it right into a tiny iMac. The iPad’s no matter form I need it to be—whereas nonetheless being itself.
There’s a motive Apple’s movies about the Magic Keyboard all the time present somebody grabbing the iPad with one hand and strolling away with it. That’s the killer function. That’s what separates it from each Mac laptop computer. It’s a laptop computer—till the second you resolve you don’t need it to be that anymore. And then it’s not.
Not everybody desires a laptop computer
But a part of being versatile signifies that not each use case goes to work for each consumer. One of the most perplexing issues I’ve seen in my years of protecting Apple is the tendency of some folks to get irrationally indignant when Apple makes a product that they’re not eager about shopping for. (The response to the 12-inch MacE-book was… one thing else.)
With merchandise like these iPad Pro equipment, I’m perplexed that anybody would view them as something however elective elements. I understand that we’re not used to viewing an Apple product as a system of interconnected elements, however that’s what the iPad Pro has became. It’s a robust touch-based pill with a group of equipment that Barbie herself could be envious of.
I’ve seen a whole lot of criticism of the Magic Keyboard that appears to disregard the undeniable fact that Apple additionally nonetheless makes the Smart Keyboard Folio, a thinner, lighter, and cheaper—however extra restricted—product. Having seen the first hands-on experiences about the Magic Keyboard, I’m not shocked in any respect that Apple selected to maintain the Smart Keyboard Folio round. If you’re somebody who likes to hold your iPad round with a keyboard hooked up, however doesn’t use the keyboard all that a lot, the Magic Keyboard might be going to be overkill.
And that’s okay, identical to it’s okay when you don’t purchase an Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil is a spectacular software for some customers, and an entire waste of cash for others. This is the place the iPad Pro is at this time. A core product surrounded by an array of elective equipment. If considered one of them doesn’t be just right for you, hold shifting—there’s in all probability an alternate on the market.
Once you begin to consider the iPad Pro as the bare robotic core at the middle of a system of equipment that you should utilize to form the manner you employ the gadget, the potentialities begin to open up. Apple’s equipment will all the time be at the middle, however third events will hold constructing stuff that pushes the envelope. If iPadOS 14 provides full external-display assist, iPad docking stations received’t be far behind.
And who is aware of? Maybe Apple will push iPadOS in even stranger instructions going ahead. I might by no means have guessed we’d be sitting right here in the spring of 2020 speaking about an Apple-designed laptop computer case for iPad Pro together with a trackpad with full native pointer assist, however right here we’re. This looks like a narrative that’s solely simply starting.