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Apple’s just announced Magic accessories—the $99 Magic Keyboard$79 Magic Mouse 2 and $129 Magic Trackpad 2—don’t just feature a refreshed design with an integrated litium-ion battery, Bluetooth 4.0 and a built-Lightning port for recharging, but a new way to pair them with your computer.

The previous-generation mouse, keyboard and trackpad had to be paired to your Mac using the standard wireless pairing process for Bluetooth-compatible peripherals: you would go through the Bluetooth pane of OS X’s System Preferences to scan for Bluetooth device and pair one to your computer.

With the Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard, the pairing process has been vastly simplified, however.

Bluetooth pairing via Lightning

According to Apple’s press release and the new Magic accessories micro-site, the new Magic devices pair instantly with a Mac as soon as they are plugged in via the included Lightning-to-USB charging cable.

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“Each Apple accessory automatically pairs with your Mac using a Lightning to USB cable,” reads Apple’s website. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t detail the technology behind this new pairing process but I’m sure we’ll be learning more about it in the coming days.

Because they use Bluetooth 4.0 rather than the outdated Bluetooth 2.0 standard found on previous-generation Magic devices, the new accessories are also smart enough to know when they’re not being used and manage power efficiently to extend battery life.

Availability

The $99 Magic Keyboard$79 Magic Mouse 2 and $129 Magic Trackpad 2 are available today from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. Every new iMac comes standard with the Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2. The Magic Trackpad 2 is an optional purchase.

Source: Apple

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  • Ed

    The Magic Mouse 2 page actually doesn’t specify Bluetooth 4.0, so maybe it isn’t. Also it seems the MM is going to be awkward to re-charge, since the lighting port is in the bottom, you can’t use it while it’s charging (*facepalm*) as opposed to the Magic Trackpad 2 or the Magic Keyboard 2.

    • iDude

      I believe the port you are referring to is a latch to open the back cover for batteries.

      • MPD01605

        There are no batteries.

  • Franklin Richards

    So I can’t connect these to Windows then?

    • Ed

      Nope.

      • Franklin Richards

        Hope the Magic Trackpad 1 plummets in price then. Windows needs a similar product since Windows 10 supports the same gestures now.

      • MPD01605

        There are a few. Reviews are mixed and I don’t think Logitech makes this anymore but there might be others.

        I do agree that someone needs to step up on the Windows side.

        http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Rechargeable-Touchpad-Multi-Touch-Navigation/dp/B0093H4WT6

      • Franklin Richards

        I had that and returned it the next day. It doesn’t natively support Windows 10 touch gestures and the software that comes with it is limited and it’s unlikely to get updated as the product is discontinued. Lets hope Logitech gives it another go. Hell Apple could capitalize on the fact that Windows have a market and make their peripherals work with Windows. (Wishful thinking.)

    • Guito Mendez

      I too would like to know if its still possible to pair with my Windows PC. My current Magic mouse pairs just fine.

  • Need cord to pair Bluetooth device? Seems like a step back to me.

  • QuarterSwede

    Apparently you can turn off Bluetooth while they’re attached via lighting cable and they still work. Crazily overpriced though and that’s saying something coming from someone deeply entrenched in the Apple ecosystem.