Magic Keyboard 2
Apple’s solid-state innovations appear destined for keyboards
Apple has introduced several input innovations since the iPhone in 2007, from multitouch capacitive touchscreens to trackpads that seem to click when they don’t move at all. It seems likely some of these technologies will converge in a dynamic input device that will replace your keyboard and better adapt to whatever task is at hand.
This device is likely to be an entirely flat surface, and we think it’ll expand on the way the iPhone 7’s Home button has a motor behind it, which vibrates in response to enough pressure.
The first step on the path to this full keyboard replacement is likely to be a more modest control strip at the top of Apple’s keyboards, replacing the function keys and showing a mix of status info and controls for the current app or normally shown at the right of the menu bar, and controls for system features.
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In the short term, we expect Apple to add a control strip like the one that’s rumoured to be coming to the MacBook Pro. That is, an adaptable OLED touchscreen in place of the row of function keys.
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Longer term, Apple might follow up on a 2014 patent filing for a ‘force-sensitive input structure’. It depicted this concept as entirely replacing a MacBook’s keyboard, meaning no keys at all – just one gigantic, adaptive control strip in its place. Where the MacBook goes, the Magic Keyboard is likely to follow.
Recent trackpads and the iPhone 7’s Home button don’t actually depress; Apple’s Haptic Engine simulates that sensation. We expect it to play a pivotal role in making a keyless ‘keyboard’ appealing to use.
Our pet peeve with the Magic Keyboard is its lack of a backlight, which isn’t helpful if you’ve dimmed overhead lighting to work late at night. Apple faltered in this before with 2010’s MacBook Air, but fixed it in the 2011 model. We expect the Magic Keyboard 2 will do so as well.