The new iPad Pro is now pre-ordered and goes on sale on Friday, May 21st. The dimensions of the model of the new 12.9 are slightly different than before, so if you have a Magic keyboard from last year, it does not fit, Apple (11in version is the same, so you can use the new keyboard on the brand new tablet).
However, Apple has now released something new Support document It specifies exactly what might work. Apple says: “The first generation Magic Keyboard (A1998) runs on the new iPod Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) with a liquid Retina XDR display. Due to the slightly thicker dimensions of this new iPod Pro, the Magic keyboard does not fit precisely when closed, especially when screen protectors are used. ”
File this under how precise Apple is: A screen protector may be thick enough to prevent the tablet from completely closing in the Magic Keyboard case.
Well, there is good news and bad news. The smart connector on the back of the iPod Pro should be in the same place if the new and old Magic keyboards are going to match. The new iPad Pro works just as effectively as the old Magic keyboard. That’s good news.
But the bad news is that when you close the new iPod Pro on the old keyboard it will not flatten out properly.
My guess is, I look forward to testing this, it will work perfectly, but perfectionists will find the closure somewhat reduced.
In fact, if the iPod Pro does not have a screen protector (does anyone use a screen protector on a tablet) I would imagine that it would be nice and that Apple would be extra careful. Under promise and over-supply and all that.