New 12.9-inch iPad Pro 'Works Perfect' With Previous Generation Magic Keyboard, But Fit is a 'Little Bit Snug'

When Apple first introduced the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a report said that the new iPad wouldn't be compatible with the previous generation Magic Keyboard due to an increase in thickness. Apple later confirmed that the older Magic Keyboard might not close properly when paired with the new ‌iPad Pro‌.

2021 Magic Keyboard Older iPad
Now, however, reviews of the new M1-powered iPad have been published, revealing that the previous generation Magic Keyboard does actually work perfectly fine with the new 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌. The Verge's Dieter Bohn says that when he tested it, he wasn't able to "discern any difference between the fit on the original and the new, white Magic Keyboard" and that it worked and closed just "fine."

Engadget's Chris Velazco says it fits "quite well," but notes that the experience using the new ‌iPad Pro‌ with the older Magic Keyboard is "certainly not ideal," noting that the "keyboard layer presses into the display’s glass when closed, which means the fit could be affected by a screen protector." However, despite the annoyance, Velazco doesn't believe that customers will need to "rush out and buy a new Magic Keyboard if you already own one."

In his review of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, YouTuber Marques Brownlee also notes that the new iPad works "perfect" with last year's Magic Keyboard but that it might feel a little snug when closed.

It's worth mentioning for customers of the $400 Kensington StudioDock, the new ‌iPad Pro‌ won't fit inside of the dock due to the 0.55mm increase in thickness, as noted by Jason Cipriani and CNET's Scott Stein.

Despite a marginal increase to compensate for the increased thickness of the ‌iPad Pro‌, the new Magic Keyboard offers the same floating design as the previous generation, but now it is also offered in a new white version. The keyboard is available in white for both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ for $299 and $349.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro
Related Forum: iPad

Top Rated Comments

thenewperson Avatar
18 weeks ago

It does work for another year or so. Nobody is forcing anyone to buy a new ipad.
We all know when Apple releases a new product the current one stops working immediately and they send mysterious men to your house to march you to an Apple store to buy a new one. It’s known.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
18 weeks ago

Or you know, Apple could’ve just made a $350 dollar product work for another year or so, so you could get the best experience.
It does work for another year or so. Nobody is forcing anyone to buy a new ipad.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LV426 Avatar
18 weeks ago
"Works Perfect".

Somebody needs to find out why we have such things as adverbs.

My favourite, from British Football commentary: "The lad done brilliant."
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
doboy Avatar
18 weeks ago

Or you know, Apple could’ve just made a $350 dollar product work for another year or so, so you could get the best experience.
I'd rather Apple not hold back on innovation so the device can fit in a case from a previous year, but that's just me.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonproject Avatar
18 weeks ago
Needs more outrage
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
18 weeks ago

Really if you are a previous gen IPP user with MK, you’d be best off to sell/recycle the precious gen IPP and MK together and obtain the newest version of both to have the best experience.
Losing around $200 on the sale/purchase doesn’t seem worth it to “have the best experience.”
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

touch id magic keyboard for imac

Magic Keyboard With Touch ID Costs $50 Extra for Base Model M1 iMac

Wednesday April 21, 2021 8:14 am PDT by
While higher-end configurations of Apple's new iMac will ship with the new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID in the box at no additional charge, the Touch ID keyboard is a $50 upgrade option for the new base model. Apple is also offering an extended version of the Magic Keyboard with both Touch ID and a numeric keypad, which will be available as an $80 upgrade option for the base model iMac and a ...
2021 Magic Keyboard Older iPad

Apple Says New 12.9-Inch iPad Pro is 'Functionally Compatible' With Older Magic Keyboard, But Fit May Be Imperfect When Closed

Thursday April 29, 2021 12:51 pm PDT by
The new 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro is 0.5mm thicker than the previous-generation version, which has led to fears that it won't be compatible with the older Magic Keyboard. Apple is offering a new Magic Keyboard that offers a perfect fit, but Apple says you can still use your existing 2020 Magic Keyboard with a 2021 iPad Pro. In a Magic Keyboard support document, Apple says the first-generation...
magic keyboard 100 off

Deals: Get Apple's Magic Keyboard for the 11-Inch iPad Pro at $199 ($100 Off)

Tuesday February 2, 2021 5:44 am PST by
Amazon is continuing to discount a collection of Apple's keyboards for the iPad Pro and iPad Air, with the biggest sale centering on the Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro at $199.00, down from $299.00. This is the lowest price that we've tracked for this Magic Keyboard, which can also be used with the fourth generation iPad Air. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you...
magic keyboard 100 off

Deals: Apple's 11-Inch iPad Pro Magic Keyboard on Sale for $199 ($100 Off, Lowest Price)

Tuesday February 23, 2021 6:43 am PST by
Amazon today is continuing to discount a few of Apple's keyboards for the iPad Pro and iPad Air, the highlight being the Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro at $199.00, down from $299.00. This is still the lowest price that we've ever tracked for this Magic Keyboard, which can also be used with the fourth generation iPad Air. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click...
iPad Pro Orange Feature

Deals: Low Prices Hit 2020 iPad Pro Models (Up to $150 Off) and Magic Keyboards ($100 Off) on Amazon

Tuesday March 16, 2021 7:51 am PDT by
Today we're tracking a few deals on the iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard at Amazon, which is providing multiple all-time low prices on the 2020 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Likewise, the Magic Keyboard accessories remain at their lowest prices on Amazon this week. iPad Pro Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a...
Touch ID Keyboard Feature

Touch ID on New Magic Keyboard Isn't Compatible With M1 iPad Pro

Wednesday April 21, 2021 10:48 am PDT by
While the Touch ID sensor on the new Magic Keyboard is compatible with all M1 Macs, including the new iMac and last fall's 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini, MacRumors has confirmed with Apple that the Touch ID sensor will not function with the new iPad Pro, even though it also has an M1 chip. The new Magic Keyboard can still be used with the iPad Pro and other devices, like...
m1 ipad pro magic keyboards

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

Friday April 23, 2021 6:34 am PDT by
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. 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...
maxresdefault

First White Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Unboxing Surfaces Online

Monday May 17, 2021 5:12 am PDT by
The first unboxing video of the Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro in White has surfaced online, giving the first real-world look at what the new all-white accessory is like. YouTube channel "Michaelangelo's Tech" was among a lucky few to get their hands on a Magic Keyboard in White earlier than expected, enabling an early look at the recolored accessory. The YouTuber did not have a 12.9-inch ...
maxresdefault

Hands-On With Brydge's 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Keyboard With Trackpad

Tuesday May 4, 2021 11:48 am PDT by
Brydge has been making keyboards for Apple's iPads for years now, and the newest model, the Brydge 12.9 MAX+, is compatible with the third, fourth, and fifth-generation iPad Pro models, so it works even with the new mini-LED iPad Pro. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. In our latest YouTube video, we checked out the new Brydge 12.9 MAX+ to see if it's a viable...
magic keyboard 100 off

Deals: Amazon's New iPad Keyboard Sale Includes 11-Inch Magic Keyboard for $199 ($100 Off, Lowest Price)

Friday January 22, 2021 6:43 am PST by
Amazon today is discounting a few of Apple's keyboards for the iPad Pro and iPad Air, starting with the Magic Keyboard for 11-inch iPad Pro at $199.00, down from $299.00. This is the lowest price that we've tracked to date for this Magic Keyboard, which can also be used with the fourth generation iPad Air. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a...