Apple's Magic Keyboard With Numeric Keypad Now Ships in 6-7 Weeks as Refresh Possible Alongside iMac Pro

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Apple's Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad is now estimated to ship in 6-7 weeks in the United States and several other countries, fueling speculation that a refreshed model could be released alongside the iMac Pro in December.


The extended wireless keyboard was just released alongside WWDC 2017 in June, so any possible update could be relatively minor.

The eject key could be replaced with a dedicated Siri key, for example, given the iMac hasn't had a built-in SuperDrive for CDs/DVDs since the Mid 2011 model. Siri is located in the same position above the delete key on the Touch Bar.

Apple will be releasing the Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 in Space Gray exclusively for the iMac Pro as well, so the shipping estimate could be related to the new color being on the horizon.

Last year, a report claimed Apple was exploring a standalone keyboard with a Touch Bar and Touch ID for desktop computers like the iMac, Mac Pro, and Mac mini, but it's unclear if the product is still on the company's roadmap.

It's common for Apple products to face lengthy shipping estimates when they are due for an upcoming refresh, but it could also be nothing more than routine fluctuations in supply, especially given how niche this keyboard is.

(Thanks, Keir Ansell!)

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38 months ago

We returned it within 6 hours of use, it's terrible, typical Cook era product a complete downgrade (...) Power lasts if lucky a full month

Makes total, perfect sense.
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38 months ago
This is the sign! New mac mini incomiiiing!!!;)
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38 months ago

I have a feeling it will offer a TB option.

If it doesn't, developers should assume the TouchBar is dead.



I would also LOVE to see a solar panel on these things. I really like the minimal design, but I've been using solar-powered Logitech keyboards for years now, as I got sick of buying AAs.
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38 months ago

You're right. Unlocking my computer by just walking up to it whilst wearing my Apple Watch is so inconvenient.

I hadn't really thought of this till now, but there could be some really great functionality in a FaceID technology on a desktop, especially for those with families. When using the Mac at home I often forget to log out and just let it go to sleep/lock. Then my wife and/or kids often complain.

Imagine if you you implement FaceID and fast user switching such that if you walk up to the computer when it is asleep/locked, it does a FaceID auth attempt. If it detects a face for an account that isn't the current one, it could automatically switch user accounts and log in. Then if that person happens to walk away without logging off, the next person just walks up, wakes the computer, and in seconds are at their desktop. I think in my household that would be a pretty popular feature. It would require the FaceID being able to be configured with multiple faces and each face on a separate account, but on a full blown computer that makes a lot more sense than on a mobile device.

To address your snark, I have an Apple Watch, and that feature is pretty great. But not everyone does, and it isn't for everyone. My wife will never have one, she doesn't care about the technology and hates the way it looks, she wears watches more for the jewelry aspect than the functional, and as far as function only cares about the time. There are a lot of others out there like her in the real world away from tech forums.
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38 months ago

You don't have to imagine it anymore...Windows 10 does it already with their Windows Hello Facial recognition. I'm logged in but computer locks due to inactivity, my wife steps up and wakes it, it sees her and logs into her account automatically.

Maybe Apple will catch-up to Windows in that respect, although it will have already lost some shine considering it already exists.

But imagine the crushing disappointment when you suddenly realise that you're using Windows.
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38 months ago

The day the macs have face Id is the day I spend too much money on a new Mac.

You're right. Unlocking my computer by just walking up to it whilst wearing my Apple Watch is so inconvenient.
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