'X-ray teardown' of iPad Pro Magic Keyboard illustrates complex engineering

Repair site iFixit has shared x-ray photographs of the new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, and they reveal a more complicated accessory than it looks from the outside.


The interior of the Magic Keyboard with trackpad, seen by radiography. Credits: iFixit

Due to coronavirus lockouts and social isolation, iFixit has not yet been able to complete the disassembly of the new iPad Magic Keyboard. Instead, the company opted for “x-ray disassembly” in partnership with Creative Electron.

The radiographic photos, shared by iFixit Thursday, show that there is a lot more on the keyboard cover under the hood than you might say at first glance.

“There is so much going on here, you might not guess that it is technically an accessory for the current iPad Pro,” wrote iFixit, adding that “rarely did we have so much to think about from a single image. “

On the one hand, the radiographic images clearly show the transition to a scissor keyboard, which according to iFixit is the change “the least complicated” but “probably the biggest improvement”.

The trackpad seems to be a new design, different from the MacBook variants. This trackpad actually has what appear to be physical buttons. Next to the trackpad are two large metal plates which can be reinforcements.

Going up the magic keyboard, the iFixit images show at least two designs of spring hinges, which are part of the sophisticated “floating” mechanism that distinguishes the accessory from other products.

Other interesting informationon includes separate cable trays, which could ease the tension of the hinges on the cables, and a mass of tiny magnets near the cutout of the camera.

The new Magic Keyboard with Trackpad accessory starts at $ 299 for the 11-inch model and $ 349 for the 12.9-inch model. They are compatible with the iPad Pro 2020 and the previous generation 2018.

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