Apple has officially launched the sale of the Touch ID-equipped Magic Keyboard separately. It is said to be for Mac with Apple Silicon, and is available in two types, with and without a numeric keypad.
The Magic Keyboard with Touch ID costs 15,800 yen (tax included, same below), and the one with Touch ID and a numeric keypad costs 18,800 yen, and it is already on sale at the online store for Japan. At the time of writing, a 0% commission installment plan is also available.
These Touch ID-equipped Magic Keyboards were announced and released along with the new 24-inch iMac at the “Spring Loaded” event in April this year. Initially, it was only sold as a set with the iMac, but later it was officially confirmed that it could be used with all M1 (Apple Silicon) Macs, and some users were waiting for it to be sold separately.
With the Magic Keyboard with built-in Touch ID, you can unlock your Mac with your fingerprint, and shop with Apple Pay quickly, easily, and securely. It also supports a fast user switch, allowing multiple users to switch to a dedicated user profile with the touch of a finger.
These Touch ID features are only compatible with the M1 Mac. The significance of this single item sale seems to be greater for M1 Mac mini users who had no way to use the Touch ID function than M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
It should work on Intel Macs and other devices as a regular Bluetooth keyboard, except for the Touch ID feature. However, in that case, it would be wise to buy a relatively cheap Magic Keyboard without Touch ID (10,800 yen without a numeric keypad) rather than paying a lot of added value that cannot be used.
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