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Apple’s New Magic Keyboard With Touch ID Is Only Compatible With M1 Macs

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Apple’s New Magic Keyboard With Touch ID Is Only Compatible With M1 Macs

Apple’s new 24-inch iMac comes with an optional Touch ID Magic Keyboard for the 7-core GPU model while it ships as standard on the two higher-end options. But if you’re an existing Mac user and you’re wondering if investing in the new Magic keyboard is worth it.

There are a few things you need to know.

The new Magic Keyboard will only ship with the 24-inch iMac itself and Apple currently has no plan to sell it separately. But, if you do buy the new iMac with the Touch ID-featuring Magic Keyboard then you will be pleased to know that the keyboard will work all of your M1 Macs, including the Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, with Touch ID over Bluetooth.

Strangely enough, though, Apple has confirmed with MacRumors separately that the Touch ID chip would not function with the new 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro, although the tablet has the same M1 chip.

But, if you pair the keyboard with an Intel Mac, regardless of which model it is, the keyboard bit will work fine but Touch ID will not work at all. The reason for this is simple: the keyboard requires the Secure Enclave in the M1 chip, something which Intel Macs completely lack.

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