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Apple cuts the cord with new wireless accessories

By Shannon Williams
Wed 14 Oct 2015
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Apple is introducing a new line-up of wireless accessories as part of an update to the iMac family.

The new wireless accessories include the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. The Magic devices have been redesigned to feel more comfortable, the company explains.

The Magic line-up features rechargeable batteries, eliminating the need for disposable batteries. Additionally, the Magic Trackpad 2 brings Apple’s Force Touch interface to the desktop.

As well as the wireless devices, Apple has introduced a new Retina 4K display to the 21.5-inch iMac for the first time, and the Retina 5K display to every 27-inch iMac. The updated iMacs also feature more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and new storage options.

“From the first iMac to today, the spirit of iMac has never wavered — deliver the ultimate desktop experience with the latest technologies, gorgeous displays and cutting-edge designs,” says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“These are the most stunning iMacs we’ve ever made,” he says. “With our gorgeous new Retina displays, more powerful processors and graphics and all-new Magic accessories, the new iMac continues to redefine the ultimate desktop experience.”

Schiller says the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 were designed to be more comfortable, capable and environmentally friendly.

“Designed around a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, all three accessories eliminate the need for disposable batteries and feature a noticeably more solid internal structure and quality feel,” he explains.

The Magic Keyboard features a full-size keyboard in a sleek design that takes up 13% less space on the desktop. The Magic Mouse 2 is lighter, sturdier and features an optimised foot design for a smoother glide. The new Magic Trackpad 2 features a 29% larger surface and brings Force Touch to the desktop for the first time.

Force Touch enables a range of new ways to interact with the Mac, including the new Force click to quickly look up a word, preview a file or bring up a map from an address.

The new Magic devices pair instantly with a Mac as soon as they are plugged in via the Lightning-to-USB charging cable, and can last about a month or more on a full charge.

Every new iMac comes standard with the new Magic Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2, and customers can order the new Magic Trackpad 2 as an option. The new Magic accessories are also available online and selected Apple Authorised Resellers. 

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