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New Apple Magic Keyboard offers Touch ID to all M1 Macs

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Apple’s newest release Magic Keyboard for iMac comes equipped with a Touch ID sensor that will be compatible to all macOS machines running Apple Silicon M1 chip.

The new iMacs were announced on Apple’s first event of the year. Apple Spring Loaded event unveiled several new products and accessories. We have yet to see a standalone price for the Magic Keyboard on the Apple Store but it comes bundled with the higher spec iMac for now.

The implementation of Touch ID with this year’s Magic Keyboard offering Secure Enclave that will only be able to communicate with M1 Macs. It functions as a normal Bluetooth keyboard when connected to an Intel Mac or PC. The Touch ID sensor will however be unable to communicate with the latest iPad Pro despite being fitted with the same M1 chip. Apple has decided to stick with the more secure Face ID system and saw no need for a duplicate authentication system.

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Apple has color coded the Magic Keyboard depending on the iMac color you choose. The new Magic Mouse will also offer the same colorful scheme.

The new M1 powered iMacs are available starting at $1,299 in four colors. The better spec version starts at $1,499. You can order them starting on April 30th and will be available on the 2nd half of May.

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