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In addition to refreshing its iMac lineup with enhanced screen technology and faster chips across all models, giving the 21.5-inch iMac a brand new Retina 4K display and removing non-5K Retina models from the 27-inch lineup, Apple has also introduced a trio of new accessories today.

As rumored before, the second-generation Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad have been announced, as well as an all-new aluminum keyboard marketed under the Magic Keyboard moniker.

Rechargeable batteries

All three accessories feature a noticeably more solid internal structure and quality feel while sharing some common technologies.

For example, gone are standard AA batteries that need to be replaced or recharged every few weeks as the new Magic devices now feature rechargeable batteries that’ll last about a month or more on a full charge.

To recharge the battery, you just plug one end of the Lightning-to-USB charging cable into the new Lightning port on your Magic device and the other end into your computer or charger’s USB port. As a bonus, the new Magic accessories pair with your Mac as soon as they are plugged into the computer with the charging cable.

The Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 also feature way more power-efficient Bluetooth 4.0 networking (the previous accessories were Bluetooth 2.0).

The Magic Trackpad 2 includes Apple’s force-sensing Force Touch technology.

Magic Keyboard

Featuring a new scissor mechanism, the new Magic Keyboard has lower profile, is 33 more stabilized and sports a refreshed design that takes up thirteen percent less space on your desktop.

Magic Mouse 2

Apple describes its second-generation Magic Mouse as lighter and sturdier than before. The button-less mouse (actually, the entire mouse is a giant button) sports touch sensitive surface like before and now has an optimized foot design for a smoother glide.

Magic Trackpad 2

The new wireless trackpad has a 29 percent larger surface and brings Force Touch to the desktop for the first time, which also makes it nearly two times more expensive than the previous model.

With Force Touch, owners of older Mac notebooks and desktops can now take advantage of force-sensing which adds a new dimension to OS X’s user interface.

The trackpad enables a range of new Force Touch gestures, including the new Force click to quickly look up a word, preview a file or bring up a map from an address.

Higher prices

The aforesaid goodies come at a price: the new accessories are pricier than their previous models. Here’s the full price list:

  • $99 Magic Keyboard
  • $79 Magic Mouse 2
  • $129 Magic Trackpad 2

Unfortunately, the new Magic devices seem to have replaced Apple’s previous-generation mouse, keyboard and trackpad, which used to retail at the following prices:

  • $69 Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • $49 Apple Wired Keyboard
  • $69 Magic Mouse
  • $69 Magic Trackpad

You might be able to buy the old, less expensive accessories from authorized resellers, while supplies last.

Availability

The new $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. However, the Magic Trackpad 2 is an optional purchase.

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Speaking of new iMacs, the 21.5-inch non-Retina model is available in $1,099 and $1,299 configurations. The new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display starts at $1,499. The 27-incher comes in three models starting at $1,799, $1,999 and $2,299. The previous-generation non-Retina 27-inch models have been removed from sale.

Source: Apple

  • Emilie Lapointe

    You just made a mistake about the keyboard. It’s not the same as laptops, it is not thinner but 33% more stabilized.

  • Briggamortis

    Been waiting for these…. as soon as I saw the new tech on the macbook I figured it was only a matter of time.

  • Eldaria

    Hmm, I was hoping Apple would make a wireless keyboard with a number pad. Instead they now remove the wired one with a number pad and only have the wireless without. Also now we have to keep a cable around and work wired if the battery is empty instead of just popping in a replacement. And the AA batteries last well over a month so see no benefit here? Good thing there are other manufacturers.

    • Vince Reedy

      You cannot work wired with the mouse, it charges on the bottom.

      • Briggamortis

        Its on the back…. So yes you can work wired…. Its in the pictures on the apple website.

      • Vince Reedy

        Just read you can get a couple hours charge from plugging in for 1 minute so apparently Apple knows more about design than I do.

  • Simos805

    I’ve saw at apple’s web site that the magic mouse 2 charge by pluging in the lightning cable at the bottom of the
    mouse.. So while the mouse are charging you can’t use it?? No convenient.. :/

    • Sugar-boy

      Read the article again
      The new magic accessories pair with your Mac as soon as they are plugged into the computer with the charging cable

      • Vince Reedy

        No, he’s saying while you charge the mouse, you cannot use it because of the location of the charging port. It is on the bottom. Read the question again.

      • Simos805

        No, I mean what Vince Reedy saying above. While you charging the magic mouse you can’t use it with the cable pluged in because the charging port is located at the bottom of the mouse.. Check the image of the botton of magic mouse 2 on the apple’s web site and you will understand.

    • Merman123

      You will hardly be charging it. And when you do its for a very short time.

  • Vince Reedy

    I was excited about the trackpad until I saw $129 🙁
    I am no longer excited

    • Dan

      But they’re magic.

      • Vince Reedy

        My bad, who wouldn’t pay $129 to have magic.

    • rubeN

      not only that but it requires bluetooth 4.0, so if u have an older Mac its a no go

      • Patrick Seguin

        I got my Magic Trackpad 2 today and I can confirm that this is wrong. I have a 2011 Macbook Pro with BT 2.0 and the trackpad works perfectly with force touch and haptic feedback.

  • PJ

    That’s a lot of magic.

  • Merman123

    That’s way overpriced. Except for the mouse which is still reasonable.

    • Anonymous

      I agree some of apple’s out-put devices are over priced. I thought 69 dollars was a fair price. Way more then the competition but not an arm and a leg.

    • It’s Apple so everything is overpriced. We all have our reasons for buying Apple but the price definitely isn’t one of them…

      • Merman123

        Hmm id have to disagree with that. I always feel that apples products are expensive but not over priced. There’s a big difference. Usually, the experience Apple offers warrants the big price point. But in this case, it’s not just not worth it.

  • iLegend

    Scissor mechanism or whatever.. Nothing beats the mechanical keyboard.

  • Dan

    They better be magic for that price.

  • Eikast

    So no backlighting 🙁

  • Jamessmooth

    I know this is like comparing apples to… Microsofts? But I think it’s interesting that one could get a 21.5 inch 4k mac for 1499, which is the price of the entry level Surface Book. Again, one is portable and on is not, but damn that 1499 21.5 inch mac can get you a few things.

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      This is why I do iPads and iMacs and don’t get any laptop. Desktops will always be faster and always there and with easier to use accessories.

  • Bruce Milyko

    I wonder how long in recharge cycles the batteries will last, and how replaceable thy are.

  • Luke Per

    I would use the magic mouse a lot more if it was comfortable to the hand

  • theemptyhead

    Where’s the magic?

    • rubeN

      you’re seeing it wrong