iPad Magic Keyboard

The new iPad Magic Keyboard completely transforms the iPad Pro. But really, it doesn’t.

You know, it’s kind of insane to think I wrote a “review” of the new iPad Magic Keyboard and found a way to avoid at least half of the Magic Keyboard’s features. I almost forgot to touch on the additional USB-C power passthrough port. I hardly touch on the feel of the new scissor keys at all. And I essentially forgot to shoot a photo of the Magic Keyboard’s new backlighting.

So, I guess, bad on me.

But this also speaks to the Magic Keyboard’s impact on the iPad. In many ways, the iPad with a Magic Keyboard is an entirely new device. In other ways, it’s exactly the same as it used to be.

I think John Gruber nailed it when he said this:

Apple has made iPad better in new ways without making it worse in any existing way.

This is so, absolutely, eloquently, perfectly put. Yes, yes, and yes.

I’m smitten by the Magic Keyboard. I’m also somewhat apprehensive with the Magic Keyboard. I’m in love with the typing feel. I’m in love with the laptop-ness of the iPad package. But I’m also nervous that I’ll use it in this format more than I’d like — I specifically bought the 11-inch iPad Pro so I’d use it more on the couch.

Either way, I’ve been at my Mac twice in the last two weeks. And that’s almost as subconsciously done as you’d think — I’ve had no need to go to the Mac, nor has it been the more convenient or more accessible device.

The iPad Magic Keyboard turns the iPad into something new. Yet, really, it doesn’t.

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