The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, along with the Magic Keyboard, weighs more than a MacBook Air
21.04.2020 0 Comments
Together with the new iPad Pro, as you know, the Magic Keyboard mechanical keyboard debuted for it, which actually blurs the line between tablets and ultra-thin laptops. But one important parameter Apple ignored was how much weight the keyboard added to the tablet. Now that the Magic Keyboard shipments have begun and the first reviews have come out, we can bridge this gap. As expected, the keyboard adds considerable weight to the iPad Pro.
A 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a connected Magic Keyboard weighs 1362 grams, which is more than the mass of the 13-inch MacBook Air (1290 grams) and 25% heavier than the iPad Pro with the old Smart Keyboard. The 13-inch MacBook Pro weighs just as much. Without a keyboard, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro weighs almost half as much – 710 grams.
The weight gain is mainly due to the unique design. The Magic Keyboard, which is connected using a magnetic connection, is able, thanks to a special hinged mechanism, to raise the iPad Pro above the table so that it is placed in a more comfortable viewing position. In addition, the keyboard uses a “scissors” mechanism, originally debuted in the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and recently migrated to MacBook Air. It also has a trackpad with Multi-Touch gesture support, built-in backlight and a USB-C connector to charge the entire system. With all this in mind, the fact that the keyboard weighs like a 12.9-inch iPad Pro is absolutely not surprising.
By the way, before the release of Magic Keyboard, Apple has prepared another promotional video that demonstrates the main features of the accessory, which allows the tablet to “float” in the air. It turns out to be a very interesting situation when the iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard is both heavy and light.
It remains to add that the Magic Keyboard is also quite expensive: $ 299 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and $ 349 for the version with a 12.9-inch screen (a regular iPad costs $ 329). If we talk about more affordable alternatives, for the more affordable iPad (7th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation) and iPad Pro (10.5 inches) there is, for example, a cover with a keyboard and a Logitech Combo Touch trackpad for $ 149. In this case, the weight of the tablet with a case is 1.13 kg, but then you will have to do without the advantages of a larger screen compared to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Source: The Verge (2) and Apple