Magic Keyboard teardown reveals 'elegant' lever-based trackpad

The iFixit repair site has completed a preliminary disassembly of the trackpad on the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard and has revealed some interesting details about the accessory.


The lever system of the Magic Keyboard trackpad. Credits: iFixit

Due to the coronavirus, iFixit was unable to complete the complete disassembly of the new Magic Keyboard accessory. But earlier in May, the site shared a series of X-ray photographs revealing the insides of the device.

Since the so-called x-ray disassembly, the folks at iFixit have been able to deconstruct the Magic Keyboard trackpad with just “a little warmth and a choice of opening”.

Once they got past the adhesive that held it together, they discovered that the trackpad was actually just a button with an “elegant lever system”. Previously, iFixit theorized that the trackpad had several physical buttons.

“When you apply pressure near the center, whether it’s top, middle or bottom center, you press the button directly,” writes iFixit. “However, press near the top, bottom or one of the corners, and the lever system comes into play.”

This lever mechanism forces the contact plate upwards in the center, causing a click. The site also notes that the lever system covers the perimeter of the trackpad as well as the corners. Unlike most trackpads, the switch and circuits are integrated into the top section of the assembly instead of the accessory chassis. This change in design allows uniform distribution of the entry points over the entire surface of the touchpad.

The site notes that the trackpad appears to be the only part that can be disassembled without major deconstruction of the magic keyboard. For this reason, the site says that this is probably the last disassembly they can do until a complete repair guide is written.

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