The Touch ID sensor in Apple’s novel Magic Keyboard, which debuted alongside the up to this point iMac earlier this week, works with any Mac fitted with Apple’s M1 processor, Rene Ritchie and MacRumors picture. Nonetheless, the sensor received’t work with the novel iPad Pro, which also makes employ of the M1 chip. For now, the novel keyboard is simplest offered with the novel M1-geared up iMac, which is readily accessible to preorder from April 30th.
Apple has been transport MacBooks with constructed-in Touch ID for a whereas now, nonetheless this is the major time it’s been readily accessible in an adjunct. The biometric security methodology would be frail for logging into the instrument, as well to authorizing purchases and signing into some third-rep collectively apps. The novel Touch ID keyboard is readily accessible with a compact structure, as well to a corpulent dimension keyboard with a numpad.
It’s essential to to simplest select them with the M1 Mac (for now?) nonetheless you may employ them (with Touch ID!) on other M1 Macs, or appropriate as BT keyboards (no Touch ID) on Intel Macs/other devices. https://t.co/mOOp5mbmg2
— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) April 20, 2021
The awful news for dwelling owners of older Macs is that the Touch ID functionality within the novel keyboard received’t work with any Intel-essentially based mostly machines. The keyboard itself will reportedly characteristic, appropriate no longer the biometric security. As Apple’s press open explains, the novel keyboard requires the Obtain Enclave within the M1 processor to encrypt the transmitted fingerprint facts discontinue-to-discontinue.
Even supposing the Touch ID keyboard is currently simplest readily accessible with the novel all-in-one, MacRumors notes that Apple has previously opened up irregular equipment for normal sale. As an example, it started selling the gray keyboard, mouse, and trackpad for somebody to determine in 2018, after previously limiting them to the iMac Pro in 2017.
Update April 22nd, 7: 54AM ET: Updated to sign that the Touch ID sensor on the novel Magic Keyboard doesn’t work with the M1-geared up iPad Pro.