Why the Apple Magic Mouse 2, Keyboard 2 and Trackpad 2 enhances the Apple iPad Pro

Apple has upgraded the Apple Magic Mouse, Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad (Deer, 2015, August 16) with newer version that have the number 2 at the end of their names. Aside from the name change, they have some slight design tweaks.

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Some you’ll like and some you may not like.

Apple Magic Mouse 2 and Apple Magic Trackpad 2 – Thinner with Li-Ion and Lightning Port

Apple Magic Mouse 2 has the same design as its predecessor as it still uses Bluetooth to connect to your devices to work.

The main difference is the fact that the batteries are now rechargeable Li-Ion Batteries that are recharged via a Lightning Port, located on the underside of the Apple Magic Mouse 2.

It’s also screwless, making pulling it apart and fixing it if it has a problem a very difficult affair.

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The US$77.45 Apple Magic Mouse 2 packs (Martindale, 2015, October 19) the following components:

  • Broadcom BCM20733 Enhanced Data Rate Bluetooth 3.0 single-chip solution.
  • NXP 1608A1 Charging IC.
  • Texas Instruments 56AYZ21
  • ST Microelectronics STM32F103VB 72 MHz 32-bit RISC ARM Cortex-M3

The US$97.65 Apple Magic Keyboard 2 is thinner and wedge shaped (Ochs, 2015, October 20) with dimensions of 279.4 mm by 114.3 mm by 10.16 mm (11 in by 4.5 in by 0.4 in) weighing in at 0.5 lb.  Apple has again abandoned the use of AAA batteries in favour of rechargeable Li-Ion batteries. Also no screws, making this product very difficult to pull apart (Estes, 2015, October 16) and fix as well!

It also has larger keys that make typing more comfortable and hopefully faster.

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The Apple Magic Keyboard 2 (Martindale, 2015, October 19) packs the following components:

  • Broadcom BCM20733 Enhanced Data Rate Bluetooth 3.0 single-chip solution.
  • ST Microelectronics STM32F103VB 72 MHz 32-bit RISC ARM Cortex-M3.
  • NXP 1608A1 Charging IC.
  • Texas Instruments BQ24250C Single Input I2C/Standalone switch-mode Li-Ion battery charger

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Sensibly enough, Apple has placed the Lightning Port at the center of the back of the Apple Magic Keyboard 2 (Estes, 2015, October 16) instead of on the underside as in the Apple Magic Mouse 2. This is mighty convenient, as if your charge runs out, you’ll and continue typing while recharging as you’ll be spared the inconvenience of having to flip the keyboard over to connect your Lightning Port.

Apple Magic Trackpad 2 – A Thinner Multi-touch Wedge with Force Touch

The US$123.99 Apple Magic Trackpad 2 has also been similarly modified.

It’s now a much thinner wedge shape (PC Mag, 2015, October 14) starting at a height of 10.92 mm (0.43 in) and tapering down to 4.83 mm (0.19 in) as the battery compartment that usually holds the AAA batteries has been removed. Instead, the AAA batteries have been replaced with a Li-Ion battery that makes the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 a lot thinner.

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It’s also wider with an active area of 160.02 mm (6.3 in) by 114.3 mm (4.5 in), making it much bigger than the original Apple Magic Trackpad. Lovers of all things Apple will appreciate the fact that it supports Apple iOS 8 multi-touch gestures as well as Force Touch.

It also supports Apple iPhone 6S multi-touch gestures, bringing the Apple Magic Trackpad 2 in line with its smartphone Apple iOS 8 products:

  1. Scroll using two fingers
  2. Pinch to zoom
  3. Tap or press the surface to click
  4. Right click with a two-finger tap

There is also the use of Swiping gestures to activate Mac-centric features like the Notification Center, Mission Control, Exposé, and Launchpad that are now a part of the Apple iOS 8.

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You can activate the ones you prefer in the OS X preference panel. This is mighty convenient and makes using the Apple Trackpad 2 very user-friendly and customizable and more of the kind of product that you can modify to your device.

Apple upgrades for Hardcore fans – Yearly upgraded to support Apple iPad Pro

Apple seems to be in love with single ports on their devices, be it the USB-C (Ackerman, 2015, April 9) on the 12″ Apple Macbook (2015) or the alledged plan to remove the headphone jack (Kelly, 2016, January 6) from the upcoming Apple iPhone 7 in favour of the Lightning Port.

Still not so fond of the placement of the Lightning Port in the case of the Apple Magic Mouse 2 (Estes, 2015, October 16) as well as the fact that the Lightning Port cable can only connect to your Apple Mac to recharge; you’ll have to purchase an accessory to recharge from a 110 V outlet, if you’re a non-MacBook Pro user or if you find that more convenient.

Not fond of the fact that this product has no screws, making this product not only very difficult to pull apart (Estes, 2015, October 16) but also to repair. As for the Apple Magic Trackpad 2, not so sure I’d even want to attempt to fix that product, albeit it’s very pricey for a trackpad!

Hopefully they’ll upgrade these essential tools for the road warrior on a more yearly basis, especially as Bluetooth may be on the way out and Li-Fi (Deer, 2015, December 11) may be the coming replacement standard for Wi-Fi and eventually all wireless transmission protocols.

Otherwise, Apple’s upgrades rock, as they may be part for a bigger plan for the Apple iPad Pro (Stein, 2015, November 11) in 2016. These accessories will make the Apple iPad Pro more competitive against the Microsoft Surface hydrid Tablet (Ackerman, 2015, September 9) and the 12”Apple Macbook 2015!

For now, only if you are a hardcore Apple Fan would it be worth your while to purchase the US$77.45 Apple Magic Mouse 2, US$97.65 Magic Keyboard 2 and US$123.99 Magic Trackpad 2!

Here’s the link:

Apple Magic Keyboard (MLA22LL/A) on Amazon

Apple Magic Mouse 2 (MLA02LL/A) on Amazon

Apple Magic Trackpad 2 (MJ2R2LL/A) on Amazon

References:

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