When Apple launched its colorful, new 24-inch iMac in May, it added a nice little surprise to the 8-core GPU variants: a Magic Keyboard with built-in Touch ID. However, this keyboard was unavailable for purchase in any other way; to get it, you needed to buy the $1,499+ iMac.
Now, as MacRumors first noticed, this is no longer the case. You can now purchase a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID for $149, as well as a Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad for $179.
This is quite a price increase from regular, non-Touch ID variants of these keyboards, which retail for $99 and $129, but that’s the Apple way.
You can get the new keyboard with or without the numeric keypad.
It’s worth noting that these keyboards are only fully supported by Apple’s M1 Macs, meaning the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, 24-inch iMac, and the latest Mac mini. The keyboards will work with other computers, but the Touch ID button won’t.
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Touch ID, as seen on MacBooks, as well as older iPhones and iPads, is a convenient way to log into your system with a simple fingerprint scan. Having it on your standalone keyboard is, well, just a little more convenient.
The new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, as well as Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad are available for purchase now on Apple’s site. Only in silver, though — if you want other colors, you’ll still have to buy the new 24-inch iMac, which comes in blue, green, pink, silver, yellow, orange, and purple.
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