Magic Keyboard is now available with Touch ID, providing fast, easy, and secure authentication for logins and purchases. Magic Keyboard with Touch ID delivers a remarkably comfortable and precise typing experience.
While the Magic Keyboard costs US$99 itself, the Touch ID variant is US$50 more expensive, which is rather steep. There is no backlighting either, and the keyboard recharges using a Lightning connection.
You can even use the Touch ID sensor to quickly switch users, a nice feature if you're using your Mac as the designated family computer. You can save up to three fingerprints at one time. Overall, the addition of Touch ID is a great way to improve security and privacy options, and it works extremely well.
It works with any M1 Mac computer, so you can quickly unlock it, but it's not compatible with the iPad or iPhone. It's available in a compact and a full-size option with a numpad, but it still lacks backlighting, which is disappointing for those who work in a dark environment.
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As mentioned before, the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID only works with M1 Macs. If you want to use the Touch ID function, it needs to be paired up with one of Apple's latest Macs. You can use the keyboard with an Intel Mac, but Touch ID is non-functional so it's not worth the cost over a standard keyboard.
Alongside the 24in iMac Apple introduced a new keyboard: the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID. Touch ID is a feature that's been available on Apple's laptops for a few years, but it's the first time that it has been possible to log in using Touch ID on an external Apple keyboard.
As a refresher, the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID works by communicating with the Secure Enclave in the paired Mac. This means the Secure Enclave performs the enrollment and matching operations and enforces security policies in the same way it would for a built-in Touch ID sensor.
The Magic Keyboard with Touch ID performs the role of the biometric sensor; it doesn't store biometric templates, perform biometric matching, or enforce security policies (for example, having to enter the password after 48 hours without an unlock).
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Use emoji or switch keyboard languages. On Magic Keyboard with Touch ID the key is in the bottom-left corner, and on Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad, it's to the right of the Delete key.