Apple is in a slack period between major product launches, but Tuesday marked the launch of a few peripherals and add-ons that might be of interest to some Mac users. Products include a Magic Keyboard equipped with Touch ID (previously only included with the 24-inch iMac) and three new graphics card modules for the Mac Pro desktop.
You will also find updated versions of the Magic mouse ($ 79) and Magic touchpad ($ 129) at Apple’s store, but these aren’t drastically different. For example, the Magic Trackpad simply has a slightly different shape to better match the Magic Keyboard which has been more significantly modified. Each of the updated accessories comes with a USB-C to Lightning cable for charging.
The keyboard has a whole new shape and additional features including a Touch ID fingerprint reader. Touch ID is a biometric authentication feature that was previously only available on Apple laptops and mobile devices.
The new magic keyboard design was presented exclusively for the 24-inch iMac equipped with M1 which debuted this spring. Since this all-in-one desk comes in a variety of colors, the keyboard is available in the same shades. But it looks like the standalone Magic Keyboard only comes in the standard silver and white pattern that is found in many Apple accessories.
the Magic keyboard with Touch ID costs $ 149, and a variant without Touch ID goes for $ 99. There are also versions equipped with a numeric keypad of both Non-touch ID and Touch ID keyboards ($ 129 and $ 179, respectively).
New Mac Pro MPX Modules
The Mac Pro is far from being a consumer product; it is mainly intended for professional video editing arrays and others. But if you’re one of the few people who has one (or if you manage IT for a team that does), now you have new upgrade options.
The Mac Pro has a scalable graphics card, but it uses preconfigured modules rather than standard consumer GPUs. There are three new graphics modules available for purchase for the Mac Pro starting today.
Each bears the name Radeon Pro. Here are the names and prices:
They can be purchased individually or as part of a new Mac Pro setup.
We’ll have to wait for some benchmarks to emerge to get reliable performance information, but each module includes 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports and one HDMI 2.0 port. The Mac Pro can accommodate two modules, so you can have up to 4 GPUs if you use a Duo module like the one listed above.
With the introduction of these new modules, Apple will no longer offer AMD Radeon Pro Vega II or AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo modules as configuration options for new Mac Pros at the time of purchase. However, they will still be available as stand-alone options for existing Apple customers.
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