Apple introduces Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2
New accessories introduce Force Touch support, new battery to Apple’s desktops
Apple has introduced three new standalone accessories to accompany the launch of itsnew iMac desktop familyMagic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2 and, for the first time, a Magic Keyboard.
Most notable among the devices, which Apple says is designed to help users get the most from itslatest OS X release, El Captain, is the Magic Trackpad 2 which, for the first time, bringsForce Touch support to Apple's desktop computers.
Force Touch, which allows users to perform different tasks based on pressure variations, was first introduced earlier this year on Apple's 12in MacBookand allows users perform different tasks based on pressure variations, meaning that just one touch can lead to multiple actions.
The displays of theiPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plusfeature similar 3D Touch technology, but the Magic Trackpad 2 which is 29 per cent larger than its predecessor has brought Force Touch support to Apple's desktop iMac range.
While the Magic Trackpad 2 may take up a third more of your desk, the new Magic Keyboard is, according to Apple, 13 per cent smaller than its predecessor. While there is no Force Touch technology, the peripheral also takes a cue from the 12in MacBook, featuring the same "scissor mechanism" for key stability, which also gives the keys an ultra-low profile.
The Magic Mouse 2, meanwhile, is meant to be lighter, sturdier, and optimised for less resistance than the original Magic Mouse.
The accessories announced today all have built-in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries rather than the AA batteries of previous accessories. They are promised to have a month of battery life when fully charged, which should take about two hours, and about nine hours of power after being plugged in for two minutes.
Available for purchase today, the Magic Trackpad 2 will set you back 109, while the Magic Mouse 2 is set at 65 and the Magic Keyboard is priced at 79, all inclusive of VAT.
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