Apple in the spring of 2020 unveiled and released the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, which is similar to a Smart Keyboard for iPad but with a built-in trackpad for better navigation with a cursor.

In the guide below, we cover everything we know about Apple's new Magic Keyboard, including compatible devices, feature set, and more.

iPad Pro Magic Keyboard Reviews

Reviews of the new Magic Keyboard for the ‌iPad Pro‌ have been largely positive, and many reviewers have been impressed with the key feel and the quality and functionality of the trackpad.

The biggest complaint about the new Magic Keyboard has been the weight, which adds quite a lot of bulk to the ‌iPad Pro‌. As mentioned above, the 12.9-inch model paired with a Magic Keyboard is heavier than a MacBook Air.

Reviewers found the trackpad to be a little bit small in comparison to the trackpad on a MacBook, but said that it works smoothly and is superior to the trackpad on Microsoft's Surface machines. Another complaint included the lack of function keys on the keyboard, preventing users from controlling things like key brightness. Below, we've included multiple review videos, and a list of sites with full reviews of the Magic Keyboard.

Written Reviews

Video Reviews


The Magic Keyboard is similar in design to Apple's prior ‌Smart Keyboard‌ Folio for the ‌iPad Pro‌, but there are some unique design elements worth noting.

The keyboard itself attaches magnetically and wraps around the front and back of the ‌iPad‌ and it is flush with the ‌iPad‌ when closed, but when open, the back part of the keyboard case angles forward to attach to the area in front of the keyboard, leaving the ‌iPad Pro‌ floating in the air above the keyboard portion.

In this floating position, the ‌iPad Pro‌ is secured to the case using a magnetic connection. A cantilevered hinge allows the ‌iPad Pro‌ to be adjusted to various viewing angles. When closed, the Magic Keyboard offers front and back protection for the ‌iPad Pro‌.

The design of the Magic Keyboard does not allow it to be flipped around to the back of the ‌iPad Pro‌ for a sketching or drawing mode. Using the ‌iPad Pro‌ outside of a standard laptop mode requires the Magic Keyboard to be removed.


The new Magic Keyboard is heavier than the ‌iPad Pro‌ itself, which is something to consider before purchasing. The 12.9-inch version of the Magic Keyboard weighs 710 grams (1.6 pounds), heavier than the 641 grams (1.41 pounds) of the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌.

Combined, that's just about three pounds, which is heavier than a ‌MacBook Air‌ and close to the weight of a 13-inch MacBook Pro.

The Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch Magic Keyboard weights 601 grams (1.3 pounds), while the 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ weighs 471 grams (1.04 pounds), so the 11-inch keyboard is heavier than the 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌, but the combined weight doesn't make the setup heavier than a MacBook.


The trackpad on the Magic Keyboard is located below the keys, much like on a MacBook. It's smaller than the trackpad on a MacBook, but works in much the same way, allowing navigation throughout iPadOS with swipes, gestures, and taps.


Keys and Key Feel

The Magic Keyboard is a full-size keyboard that uses the same scissor switch mechanism that Apple has implemented in the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro and the 2020 ‌MacBook Air‌.

Scissor switches are more reliable than the butterfly switches that Apple was using in prior keyboards, with the butterfly switches prone to failure due to dust and other small particulates. The scissor switch keyboard can be seen in this x-ray of the Magic Keyboard shared by iFixit.

The scissor mechanism offers 1mm of travel for a quiet but responsive typing experience that Apple says is the best typing experience ever on an ‌iPad‌. Compared to the ‌Smart Keyboard‌ Folio that does not have a trackpad, the keys on the Magic Keyboard offer a more satisfying press thanks to the 1mm of travel.

The keys on the Magic Keyboard are backlit and the brightness adjust based on the ambient lighting in the room.

Trackpad Gestures

Apple designed a unique trackpad experience built for a touch-first interface for the ‌iPad‌, introducing support for multi-touch gestures and the cursor.

When using the trackpad, the cursor displays on the ‌iPad Pro‌'s screen as a circle, a design Apple chose because it looked similar to the tip of a finger. The cursor displays only when the trackpad is touched and is in use, and it fades away when not in use.

The Magic Keyboard works across iPadOS, with the cursor transforming when there are elements on the display that can be interacted with. The experience of using the trackpad is similar to using a trackpad on Mac, and it feels just as natural as it does on a Mac.

You can quickly edit text in apps using the cursor, scroll through Safari, enter multitasking views, and more, with a number of gestures supported. We've outlined some of the available gestures and navigation options below:

  • Bring the cursor to the top right of the ‌iPad‌'s display to open Control Center.
  • Bring the cursor to the top left of the ‌iPad‌'s display to open Notification Center.
  • Tap to open apps.
  • Press and hold to activate long press features.
  • Bring the cursor to the bottom of the screen to open the Dock.
  • Slide the cursor all the way to the right side of the screen to get to Slide Over apps.
  • Swipe down with three fingers to access the Home screen.
  • Swipe left or right with three fingers to swap between open apps.
  • Swipe upwards with three fingers and hold to get to the multitasking view.
  • Use pinch gestures to zoom in and out where appropriate.
  • Swipe down with two fingers to bring up Spotlight search.
  • Scroll through webpages in Safari with two fingers on the trackpad.
  • Long press when editing text to select text to copy or drag and drop.
  • Use two fingers in a text editing app to bring up Cut, Copy, and Paste options.
  • Click with two fingers for a right click gesture.

Both Apple apps and third-party apps work with the trackpad by default, and developers are getting an API to add deeper trackpad support into their apps. Apple is also building support into specific apps like Pages, Keynote, and Numbers.

Lap Stability

The Magic Keyboard is stable on a lap and is built to be well-balanced for lap use. It is a rigid keyboard with no flexibility.


The tilt of the ‌iPad Pro‌ when inside the Magic Keyboard can be adjusted from 90 to 130 degrees.

USB-C Port

There's a USB-C port on the Magic Keyboard that allows for passthrough charging, leaving the USB-C port on the ‌iPad Pro‌ itself open for connecting to displays or accessories. The USB-C port provides power to the ‌iPad Pro‌ inductively, and while it doesn't provide quite as much power as the standard power adapter, it's not too far off.

Some Magic Keyboard owners have had trouble charging the keyboard using a third-party charging cable or power adapter, which is something to be aware of. Apple's ‌iPad Pro‌ charging cable and power adapter may be required.

Compatible Devices

The Magic Keyboard is compatible with the first and second-generation 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models and the 3rd and 4th-generation 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ models.

That encompasses all of the ‌iPad Pro‌ models from 2018 and 2020.

Software Requirements

Using the Magic Keyboard with an ‌iPad Pro‌ requires the iPadOS 13.4 update, which enables mouse and trackpad support along with many trackpad gestures and options.

Magic Keyboard and Trackpad How Tos

Pricing and Purchase Info

The Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ costs $299, and the Magic Keyboard for the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ costs $349. The Magic Keyboards can be purchased from Apple's online store.

Magic Keyboard Hidden Features

There are a lot of little hidden features and tweaks that aren't immediately obvious when using the Magic Keyboard, so make sure to check out our tips and tricks video to learn about some handy features like adjusting the backlighting of the keys and bringing up the onscreen keyboard.

Other Keyboard With Trackpad Options

There are a few other keyboard cases with trackpad designed for the ‌iPad Pro‌ and Apple's other iPads, which can be found in our guide on keyboard trackpad cases available for purchase.

In the future, the Magic Keyboard could be released for additional iPad models.

Guide Feedback

Have questions about the Magic Keyboard, know of a something we left out, or want to offer feedback on this guide? Send us an email here.

Related Roundup: iPad Pro

Related Articles


iPad Pro Keyboard Comparison: Logitech's $160 Folio Touch vs. Apple's $300 Magic Keyboard

Tuesday August 11, 2020 2:11 pm PDT by
Logitech recently debuted the Folio Touch, a keyboard and trackpad case designed for the 11-inch iPad Pro that serves as an alternative to the Magic Keyboard. In our latest YouTube video, we compare the $160 Folio Touch to Apple's $300 Magic Keyboard to see which is better. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Logitech is selling the Folio Touch for $160, while Apple's...
Magic Keyboard Side Anlge Red

Leaker Suggests iPad Pro Magic Keyboard Coming to More iPad Models

Friday June 12, 2020 2:12 am PDT by
Apple could bring the iPad Pro's Magic Keyboard to additional iPad models, or at least that's the suggestion from increasingly reliable Twitter account L0vetodream. The Magic Keyboard is available for Apple's latest 11-inch and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. It's also backwards compatible with both of Apple's 2018 iPad Pro models, the ‌iPad Pro‌ 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and the ‌iPad Pro‌ ...

Apple Working on iPadOS Shortcuts for Changing iPad Keyboard Brightness

Thursday June 4, 2020 3:41 pm PDT by
Apple appears to be working on keyboard shortcuts that will allow users who have a Magic Keyboard or other attached keyboard with key brightness settings to adjust the brightness level. Signs of Apple's work on the shortcuts were found in iOS 13.5.5 code by 9to5Mac. The site says the beta has references to keyboard shortcuts that replace some function keys.We've found evidence in code that...

Some Charging Accessories Not Working With iPad Pro Magic Keyboard

Tuesday May 12, 2020 2:13 pm PDT by
Some USB-C power adapters and cables appear to be unable to charge the iPad Pro through the Magic Keyboard, according to multiple complaints from MacRumors readers. iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard displaying "Not Charging" in the status bar, via MR reader Hallstar Several new Magic Keyboard owners have noticed that there are issues with the passthrough charging, which can refuse to charge when...

iFixit Provides Look Inside iPad Pro Magic Keyboard Trackpad

Monday May 11, 2020 1:51 pm PDT by
iFixit last week shared x-rays of the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, giving us a little look at what's inside Apple's newest keyboard design, and today, iFixit is back with a mini trackpad teardown. In an update to the original x-ray article, iFixit disassembled the trackpad to take a closer look at what's inside. There's a single button inside the trackpad that operates on a lever...
microsoft word app icon 2020

Microsoft to Add Trackpad Support to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Apps on iPad

Friday May 8, 2020 5:35 am PDT by
Microsoft plans to add trackpad and mouse support to its Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for iPad by the fall, according to TechCrunch and The Verge. iPadOS 13.4 introduced trackpad and mouse support on all iPad models released in the past four to five years. Keyboards with trackpads include Apple's Magic Keyboard and Brydge's Pro+ for the iPad Pro and Logitech's Combo for the 10.2-inch iPad...

An X-Ray View of Apple's Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro

Thursday May 7, 2020 3:21 pm PDT by
iFixit hasn't yet done a full teardown of the new Magic Keyboard designed for the new iPad Pro models, but the repair site today partnered with x-ray company Creative Electron to create Magic Keyboard x-rays that give us a view of just what's inside. The Magic Keyboard uses scissor switch keys instead of butterfly keys, which have now been effectively eliminated from Apple's product lineup....

Testing Apple's New Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro

Wednesday April 22, 2020 4:20 pm PDT by
Apple last week surprised us with the early launch of the new Magic Keyboard designed for the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro models, and as of this week, orders are arriving to customers. We picked up one of the new Magic Keyboards for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and tested it out to see how it works and whether it's worth the $350 selling price. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. ...

Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Reviews and Unboxing Videos: Huge Jump Forward in Usability, But Expensive and Heavy

Monday April 20, 2020 6:14 am PDT by
Last week, Apple began accepting orders for its new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, several weeks earlier than anticipated. Now, the media has shared several hands-on reviews and unboxing videos of the keyboard on YouTube. The Magic Keyboard attaches magnetically to the iPad Pro and has a floating cantilevered design that allows the viewing angle to be adjusted up to 130 degrees. In addition to ...
EBC4B2D2 E53F 4CFC AA99 12E3605F206B

Combined Weight of a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a Magic Keyboard Is Heavier Than a 13-inch MacBook Air

Monday April 20, 2020 4:35 am PDT by
Apple hasn't specified the weight of its new Magic Keyboard, but a MacRumors reader who received their unit early has weighed the larger model for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and found it to be 710 grams. That makes the Magic Keyboard heavier than the iPad Pro, which weighs 641 grams. Image by OzMoon It's not surprising that the keyboard has to have some heft to counterbalance a connected iPad...

First Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Hands-On Videos Appear Online

Saturday April 18, 2020 9:11 am PDT by
The first Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro orders have begun arriving to some customers ahead of schedule, and some have posted hands-on videos online. Seven videos from two iPad Pro users have appeared online so far, offering the first close look at the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. The first video appeared in Thai, featuring the unboxing experience of the Magic Keyboard. Other videos...

New Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Now Available to Order, Deliveries Begin Next Week

Wednesday April 15, 2020 8:00 am PDT by
Apple today announced that its new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is now available to order on and begins arriving to customers next week. Apple previously said the Magic Keyboard would be available in May, so this news comes as a surprise. This is the accessory that Apple previously revealed last month, alongside the launch of the new 2020 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. The...
16 inch macbook pro top down

Apple Suppliers Ramping Up Production of Scissor-Switch Magic Keyboards

Wednesday March 25, 2020 3:59 am PDT by
Apple suppliers are reportedly ramping up production of hardware featuring Apple's scissor-switch Magic Keyboard, despite concerns over reduced orders owing to the global viral pandemic. According to DigiTimes sources, suppliers have seen no cutbacks in orders for the products, which include the 16-inch MacBook Pro and Apple's recently announced 13.3-inch MacBook Air and new 11-inch and...

Craig Federighi Demos New iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard

Wednesday March 18, 2020 1:24 pm PDT by
Given the ongoing situation in the United States and other countries, Apple was not able to hold an official March event to unveil its new iPad Pro, Magic Keyboard, and MacBook Air. With no event, Apple's software engineering chief Craig Federighi created a little demo video that shows off the capabilities of the new Magic Keyboard and trackpad support on the iPad. The video created by...
Apple new ipad pro keyboard 03182020 big

Apple's New Magic Keyboard With Integrated Trackpad Compatible With 2018 iPad Pro Models

Wednesday March 18, 2020 6:43 am PDT by
The new Magic Keyboard is backwards compatible with both of Apple's 2018 iPad Pro models, the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and the iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation), Apple has confirmed. Announced today along with new iPad Pro models, the Magic Keyboard attaches magnetically to iPad Pro and includes a floating design that works on either a lap or a desk, and an integrated trackpad for ...
new ipad pro trackpad keyboard

iPadOS 13.4 Coming March 24 With Trackpad Support Ahead of $299 Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro Launching in May

Wednesday March 18, 2020 6:00 am PDT by
Apple today announced that iPadOS 13.4 will launch next Tuesday, March 24 as a free software update for all iPad Pro models, the iPad Air 2 and later, fifth-generation iPad and later, and iPad mini 4 and later. iPadOS 13.4 will introduce trackpad support for iPads. While this is mainly aimed at the upcoming Magic Keyboard accessory for iPad Pro, Apple confirmed that any iPad running iPadOS...
Apple new ipad pro keyboard 03182020 big

New iPad Pro Announced With A12Z Bionic Chip, Magic Keyboard With Trackpad, LiDAR Scanner, Ultra Wide Camera

Wednesday March 18, 2020 5:16 am PDT by
Apple today introduced a new iPad Pro with a faster A12Z Bionic chip, a new Magic Keyboard accessory with a built-in trackpad, an Ultra Wide camera, a LiDAR Scanner, and more. In Apple's description of the new tablet, it calls it "faster and more powerful than most Windows PC laptops." The updated iPad Pro has a new camera system that features a 12MP Wide camera and a 10MP Ultra Wide camera, ...
imac pro space gray accessories

Space Gray Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, and Magic Trackpad Are Currently Sold With iMac Pro Only

Thursday December 14, 2017 7:52 am PST by
Apple has confirmed the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2 in Space Gray are "available only at the time of your iMac Pro purchase." The fine print on Apple's iMac Pro order page spells bad news for customers who were hoping to be able to purchase the Space Gray accessories separately for use with other Macs and Apple devices. Apple sells the Magic Keyboard, Magic...

ColorWare Now Offering Apple Magic Keyboard With Numeric Keypad in Dozens of Colors

Friday October 20, 2017 9:06 am PDT by
ColorWare, a company that custom paints a wide range of electronics and Apple products, is now offering a custom-painted version of the Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. ColorWare has offered a customized Apple Magic Keyboard for some time, but the Magic Keyboard with Keypad, which was released back in June, is a new addition as of today. As with other ColorWare products, the...
apple magic keyboard with number pad keypad

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

Friday October 13, 2017 6:25 am PDT by
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...