Apple held an event at Spring Loaded in 20, April 2021, where M1 iPad Pro in two sizes – 12.9-inch and 11-inch were launched, each available in different RAM+storage configurations, Wi-Fi only, and Wi-Fi + Cellular variants. Any users who are willing to upgrade from previous 12.9-inch models to the new version with Apple’s powerful M1 chip and mini-LED display terrible news. It seems that the $350 Magic Keyboard accessory, which worked interchangeably between 2018 and 2020 models, won’t fit the new 2021 edition, despite screen sizes remaining the same between generations.
The change was 1st reported by the French site iGeneration, which revealed that “a new iPad Pro placed in an old Magic Keyboard case simply won’t close correctly. The problem is that once closed, the Magic Keyboard tightens the tablet fairly closely,” a translated version of the site explains. Apple did not leave a millimeter of flexibility because the accessory must hold the iPad in place.” The users will have to sell out an extra $349 for a new Magic Keyboard case if the user has the previous version.
Apple’s typical design gets thinner and lighter with each GenerationGeneration. This year iPad Pro buck gets 0.5mm thicker than the previous model. The new model measures 6.4mm thick, or 0.5mm thicker than the 5.9mm 2020 model, and as per speculations, the increased thickness is due to the more complex Mini LED screen technology. The updated 11-inch iPad Pro will still be compatible with the older Magic Keyboard case. Its dimension hasn’t changed and doesn’t have an upgraded screen.
The new 2021 Magic Keyboard case is backward compatible with the iPad Pro’s previous 2018 and 2020 iterations. But it is very frustrating for the users having who have a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard already because for upgrading, and they have to spend at least $1,099 to get the benefits of the new model but will also have to pay the extra $349 for a new Magic Keyboard. The number of users upgrading their current iPad Pro model will be small.