New 12.9-inch iPad Pro Not Compatible With Older Magic Keyboard

The brand new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will not be compatible with the older generation Magic Keyboard due to a marginal increase in device thickness, according to iGeneration.

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Citing a document given to Apple Stores, the report notes that the new ‌iPad Pro‌ is 0.5mm thicker than the previous 12.9-inch model. Due to the increase in thickness, the new iPad will not work with the older generation Magic Keyboard. While a 0.5mm increase in thickness is small, it is enough for the new ‌iPad Pro‌ not to close properly when put with an older generation keyboard.

The new 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ remains compatible with previous generation Magic Keyboards.

With the new ‌iPad Pro‌, Apple is selling a compatible Magic Keyboard, and besides compatibility with the newer and thicker ‌iPad‌, and the availability of a new white option, the new keyboard is believed to be the same as the previous generation.

The new 11 and 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ which comes with a faster M1 processor, 5G, and the new 12.9-inch Liquid Retina XDR display will be available for order on April 30, but will not begin shipping until the second half of May.

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Top Rated Comments

SkyRom Avatar
40 months ago
Dearest Apple,

You can shear a sheep many times, but skin him only once.

With love,

Apple Ecosystem Sheep
Score: 95 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ssolomon Avatar
40 months ago
That may be enough to stop me from upgrading my 2020 iPad.
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jk1221 Avatar
40 months ago
But we're environmentally friendly. Meanwhile creates e-waste with a 1 year old $300+ product that can't be re-used.

If this was a cheap well under $100 basic form-fitting case, ok sucks but ok. The dimensions are slightly different. But this thing was already WAY overpriced.

And they could have left a bit extra space (talking 1-2mm) in the thickness when closing up. There was nothing preventing that like a traditional case that wraps around.

This is intentional obsolescence. Regardless what Apple fanboy sites want to say claiming "There’s no conspiracy to make you buy a new keyboard." Rigghhhhtttt
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
40 months ago
Uggg. probably a lost sale from me. Esp if the new imacs "pros" do not show up till sept. I love this keyboard so much but at over 2K$ for the new ipad pro i would get, + a new keyboard. will have to pass. can't justify it with owning a similar one right now.
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
VforVelveta Avatar
40 months ago
This title needs to be changed to say its not "officially" compatible according to Apple. They likely tweaked the design a bit, plus added the white model, but unless they moved the magnets around the old MK will still work.

People have screen protectors and skins and all sorts of stuff on their iPads right now that add up to way more than 0.5mm, and the case closes just fine.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cannono Avatar
40 months ago
Wow. Feel bad for everyone who went out and bought old ones on sale in anticipation that it would work just like the 11-inch seems to.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)