Apple’s new Contact ID keyboard is barely suitable with M1 Macs

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Yesterday Apple announced its brand new 24-inch iMac and, in addition to the new computer, also introduced a new Magic keyboard with integrated Touch ID. The keyboard is currently only available if you buy the new iMac, as Apple doesn’t seem interested in selling it separately, at least for now.

There could be a good reason for this because, as it turns out, the new Touch ID feature is only compatible with M1 Macs. We imagine the keyboard can still be paired and used with non-M1 Macs, but you won’t be able to use the Touch ID feature. This means the 24-inch iMac only works well with last year’s MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. Since two are laptops and they have their own keyboard, there is no need to sell the Magic keyboard as a standalone accessory.

What is interesting, however, is that while the Touch ID on the keyboard is compatible with M1 Macs, it is not compatible with the new iPad Pro, which was recently also updated with an M1 chipset. We’re not sure why Apple didn’t make them compatible as they use the same chipset, but it could be an operating system issue as the iPad Pro is currently still running on iPadOS as opposed to macOS.

It’s possible Apple will sell the keyboard itself at some point, but until we hear something else, the only way to get it is by buying the new iMac.

Saved in Apple> Computer> Gadgets. Read more about keyboards, M1, security and Touch ID. Source: Macrumors

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