The new iPad Pro is thicker because of the new Liquid Retina XDR display that uses mini-LED technology, which is why it may not be compatible with the previous-gen Magic Keyboard
April 20 was a big day in the short history of the iPad. At the Spring Loaded event, Apple unveiled the new iPad Pro that comes with the all-new M1 processor. The new iPad Pro comes in two screen sizes — 11-inch and 12.9-inch and work with the Magic Keyboard. A report by 9to5Mac, however, notes that the new generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro may not work with the old Magic Keyboard. The report cites a French online publication iGeneration as its primary source.
The new iPad Pro is about 0.5mm thick and the report says, “The problem is, once closed, the Magic Keyboard grips the tablet pretty tight. Apple has not left a millimeter of leeway, because the accessory must hold the iPad in place and prevent it from falling to the bottom of a bag or worse, on the asphalt if you move the set without other protection. But with that extra half a millimeter on the 2021 generation, maybe this very precise fit is a problem and the device had to be redesigned.”
Apple on its website, however, makes it clear that the new Magic Keyboard is compatible with the previous-generation iPad Pro.
The 9to5Mac report says that “according to the documentation provided to the Apple Stores that we have been able to consult, the old Magic Keyboard is not compatible with the large iPad Pros of 2021.” The new iPad Pro is thicker because of the new Liquid Retina XDR display that uses mini-LED technology.
Meanwhile, this issue is not applicable to the 11-inch iPad Pro as it has the exact same dimensions as the previous generation models.
The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at Rs 99,900 and the Magic Keyboard costs Rs 31,900. The 11-inch model, on the other hand, starts at Rs 71,900.