A newly published design patent discloses that Apple may be set to launch a 2nd Gen Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro 2021. It will strive to enhance the currently excellent (but pricey) iPad Pro-Magic Keyboard.
This news comes Patently Apple’s folks, which points to five recently granted design patents for Apple’s iPad Pro, and while the patents don’t look too distinct, previous rumors give purpose to think that there may be new tech under the lid.
If Apple’s attempting to patent a new Magic Keyboard, there’s reason to think it will encompass new features — it may be a materials change towards something that entertains fewer fingerprints or feels more high-end (the Magic Keyboard costs up to $329).
Patently Apple notes that “Apple filed all five design patents under Locarno Classifications 14-01, 02 and 03,” and then goes onto reveal what each of those classifications refers to.
Locarno Classification 14-01 is for “equipment for the recording or reproduction of sounds and pictures” and a May 2020 report from the site referred to the use of microphones in the keyboard. That report even suggested the microphones could be used for controlling your iPad Pro so that the device could interpret when your fingers hit the keyboard or your desk.