Date: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 09:34
Category: Accessory, Hardware, News, Peripheral
The new Apple peripherals are out and the ice-cold felines at iFixit have torn them down and posted the results.
The Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic keyboard apparently share many of the same chips. All of them sport the Broadcom BCM20733 Bluetooth 3.0 chip, even though the Trackpad 2 officially requires a Bluetooth 4.0-capable Mac.
The Magic Trackpad 2 is said to rely on the same Force Touch technology in current MacBooks, including four strain gauges for measuring pressure, and a similar Taptic Engine. The Trackpad largely only scales the technology up to a larger size.
The Magic Mouse 2 is allegedly virtually identical to its predecessor, but with a Lightning port, and a lithium-ion battery in place of the AA slot. One oddity is that the Lightning port is on the bottom of the device, making mouse input impossible while charging.
The Magic Keyboard is descibed as borrowing the 12-inch Retina MacBook’s layout and low-profile keys, but with a scissor mechanism in place of the MacBook’s butterfly switches. Nevertheless the new peripheral’s keys have just 1 millimeter of travel and press completely flat.
iFixit rated all three peripherals as having a repairability rating of 3 out of 10, the teardowns citing significant amounts of adhesive that needs to be worked through to open them. Upon removing this adhesive, it may be possible to damage vital components in the process, which iFixit cautioned its readers about.
Check out the full teardown reports on iFixit’s site and if you’ve gotten your mitts on the new Magic Trackpad 2, the Magic Mouse 2 or the Magic Keyboard, please let us know what you make of the new peripherals in the comments.