Owners of the Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro have complained about problems with fast battery drain
16.05.2020 0 Comments
Some users have begun to complain about a significant increase in battery consumption when using the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. Compared to the Smart Keyboard, battery consumption is much higher – up to 3% every 10 minutes during normal use. Many of these complaints are published on the microblogging service Twitter.
The issue affects both versions of the Magic Keyboard for 11- and 12.9-inch models. At the same time, users talk about the normal use of the device, which includes typing, sometimes listening to something. We are not talking about cases where games are launched or a video is being watched.
It is quite obvious that the use of an external keyboard and even with the activated backlight leads to increased energy consumption. However, in the case of Magic Keyboard it is significantly higher than in the case of working with the Smart Keyboard Folio on the same iPad Pro. As the author of iPhonedo’s YouTuber channel notes in his video, in the first case 10% of the battery charge takes 10 minutes, and in the second case less than 2% in the same 10 minutes.
However, complaints are not received from all users of Magic Keyboard. Some of them claim that they do not experience problems with fast battery consumption, even when using the backlight throughout the day.
I dropped almost 50% in an hour and a half of typing with backlight once with the one I’m returning. I only dropped 14% typing 1300 words with backlight in 1 hr and 15 mins yesterday with the new one. It seems like the battery drain issues are not consistent between keyboards.
– iPad Insight (@iPadInsightBlog) May 14, 2020
Apparently, the problem occurs in individual keyboard instances. An iPad Insight user on Twitter talked about his case. In the process of working with the Magic Keyboard with the backlight activated, the battery charge was 50% for an hour and a half of text entry. But after replacing the device, the charge was reduced to 14% in 1 hour and 15 minutes of similar use. So far this is an isolated case of comparing two different keyboards. Nevertheless, it allows us to conclude that energy consumption is different for different devices. It can also be assumed that replacing a too “gluttonous” Magic Keyboard with a new one may not lead to the desired increase in battery life, since the next copy may also be prone to the problem with excessive energy consumption.
iPad Insight recommends that if you find problems with a fast discharge of the tablet’s battery when using the Magic Keyboard, take screenshots of the “Battery” section in the settings and show them to Apple if the company asks questions about the reasons for the replacement. However, if the replacement is carried out within 14 days from the date of purchase, Apple, as a rule, does not ask such questions.