Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a big catch: the new 2021 model turns out not to be compatible with the old Magic Keyboard folio case for the 2018 and 2020 models.
The news, first reported by the French site iGeneration and confirmed from sources familiar with the matter The edge, means that if you’re looking to upgrade from a 2018 or 2020 12.9-inch iPad Pro to the updated model (with its Mini LED display, faster M1 processor, and upgraded camera) you’ll also spend an extra $ 349 have to pay for a new Magic Keyboard cover even if you have already bought the previous version.
The 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro is slightly thicker than the 2020 version: the new model measures 6.4mm thick, or 0.5mm thicker than the 5.9mm 2020 model, an increase believed to be this is due to the more complex Mini LED screen technology. In contrast, the updated 11-inch iPad Pro will still be compatible with the older Magic Keyboard case (it doesn’t have an upgraded screen and the dimensions haven’t changed).
The good news is that the new 2021 Magic Keyboard case is backward compatible with the previous 2018 and 2020 iterations of the iPad Pro, so if you end up shooting the new model, you can use it with older iPads.
But it’s certainly frustrating for anyone who already owns a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard to see that upgrading doesn’t just mean spending at least $ 1099 to take advantage of the new model’s benefits, they will also have to spend the extra $ 349. for a new Magic Keyboard.