The new iPad Pro 2021 is for sure the most powerful Apple has ever developed. With the new M1 chipset in your heart, you’ll have a hard time finding something that is almost as powerful.
There’s also new screen technology that uses 10,000 mini-LEDs to deliver a high-contrast, full-color display that Apple believes its users will love, as well as 5G technology.
But this new technology comes at a price, if that’s what you want Magic keyboard, the accessories that make the iPad Pro a convincing purchase.
The extra half a millimeter of thickness required for these extra diodes inside means that the original Magic keyboard – one of the best accessories for the iPad Pro, thanks to the flexible folding stand and built-in trackpad – cannot be closed properly Using the new model will require you to purchase a new device for $ 349 / £ 329.
This is probably not a problem for those who bought the 2020 iPad Pro. Unless you’re a cutting-edge creative, you probably won’t think about spending more than $ 1,000 on a new model 12 months later.
Hope on the horizon
But those who bought the Magic Keyboard to use on older models of the iPad Pro, after Apple helpfully made it backward compatible, might resent having to spend more again.
Even so, there’s a good chance the older keyboard will work flawlessly with the 2021 iPad Pro, and only the littlest nitpickers will find that the new iPad Pro doesn’t sit perfectly in the older case and can decide it’s not worth it to get too buy a new accessory for.
This change only applies to the 12.9-inch model of the iPad Pro – the 11-inch version doesn’t come with the new screen, so it doesn’t add thickness, and all keyboard models will work with the 11-inch iPad from 2021 Professional.
The improved display could be one of the main selling points of the new one tablet from Apple, with OLED-competing levels of contrast ratio and color rendering, so Apple might be forced to restart an accessory to accommodate the new change – it would be nice to see an exchange program that offers money when you get one bring in older Magic Keyboard.
The only bright spot for iPad accessory lovers is that the change could mean that older Magic keyboards are getting discounts at other retailers. As a great accessory, a lower barrier to entry could mean those with last generation iPads get a bargain.
The new iPad will be pre-ordered starting April 30th, and we’ll bring you a full new iPad Pro 2021 review – including the new Magic Keyboard – as soon as we get our hands on one.