At Apple’s Spring Loaded event last week, the company took the wraps off its brand new iPad Pro lineup. The changes were mostly under the hood where Apple gave the new iPad Pros the M1 chipset, but externally there are some changes, such as how the 12.9-inch model is apparently thicker than its predecessor.
So what does this mean? This means that if you bought Apple’s previous-gen Magic Keyboard accessory for the iPad Pro, you might not be able to use it with the new models. This is because the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is 0.5mm thicker, which given that Apple makes its cases to fit like a glove, there is no wiggle room here.
We should note that this only applies to the 12.9-inch model because apparently the 11-inch iPad Pro is still maintaining its thickness. Also, perhaps for futureproofing, the new Magic Keyboard will work with previous-gen iPad Pros, meaning that if you want a keyboard accessory that could last you through future iPad Pro generations, this might be a better buy.
Alternatively, companies such as Brydge and Logitech have unveiled their own iPad Pro keyboard accessories that you could look at if you wanted something that’s a bit more affordable than Apple’s own accessories.