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While higher-end configurations of Apple's new iMac will ship with the new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID in the box at no additional charge, the Touch ID keyboard is a $50 upgrade option for the new base model.

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Apple is also offering an extended version of the Magic Keyboard with both Touch ID and a numeric keypad, which will be available as an $80 upgrade option for the base model iMac and a $30 upgrade option for higher-end configurations. Apple is not offering an extended version of the Magic Keyboard without Touch ID at this time.

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MacRumors confirmed with Apple that the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is fully compatible with all M1 Macs, including the new iMac, 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini. If used with Intel-based Macs or other Bluetooth devices, the keyboard will still function, but Touch ID will not work. However, the new Magic Keyboard options will only be available with the new iMac and not sold separately, at least initially.

Customers will be able to choose which type of Magic Keyboard they would like when customizing the new iMac on Apple's online store.

Article Link: Magic Keyboard With Touch ID Costs $50 Extra for Base Model M1 iMac
 

turbineseaplane

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I really wish they’d make a TKL

I love full size arrow keys and spacing over on the right...
...but numpads are a total no go due to how it impacts mouse usage ergonomics.

Frustrating.
 
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Sasparilla

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That's the Apple we all know.

Those $29 Air Tags with a user replaceable battery were an aberration and they'll get the person making those decisions out ASAP. /s

As to all the no backlight keyboards comments, that is no change for Apple - I don't think Apple has ever had a standalone keyboard with backlighting.
 
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Lemon Olive

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Out of curiosity, why do people want backlight? With touch-typing I rarely ever look at my keyboard, and no backlighting means longer battery life anyway
To be able to see the keyboard at night...

I don't stare at my keyboard either while actively typing, but most people look at their keyboard for a starting position, or to find a specific key, or use keys other than the QWERTY rows...

For anyone who ends up working late, backlit keyboard is essential.
 
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sw1tcher

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While higher-end configurations of Apple's new iMac will ship with the new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID in the box at no additional charge, the Touch ID keyboard is a $50 upgrade option for the new base model.
These should be available as standalone products.
If Apple really cared about the environment these would be included with all iMacs so people don't have to buy them separately and end up having a spare unused keyboard.

Or reduce the price of the iMac and leave out the keyboard and mouse and let buyers get what they really want -- whether that be an Apple keyboard and mouse or something else... perhaps something with a backlight?
 
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