When Apple unleashed its brand-new 24in iMac earlier this year, the keyboard in the box also received an overhaul. Along with curvier edges and hues to colour-match the iMac hardware, we got Touch ID on a standalone external keyboard for the first time. The need to laboriously tap in passwords was eradicated. Bliss! Unless you own a Mac mini or use an external keyboard with an M1 Apple laptop – whereupon you’ve possibly spent time figuring out how you can swipe a chum’s iMac keyboard while they’re not looking. Fortunately, Apple’s now made Touch ID-equipped keyboards available to anyone with an M1 Mac, by way of the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID for Mac models with Apple silicon (£149) and Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad for Mac models with Apple silicon (£179). The names aren’t pretty but the keyboards sure are – although they only come in silver, and so you’ll still need to ‘borrow’ one from an iMac owner should you fancy a keyboard in a more interesting colour.
See you slater? Here’s what’s (maybe) next heading to Apple tablets, wherever in the range you’re looking
There’s a difference in power under the hood thanks to M3, but otherwise, these MacBook Air models are pretty similar.
Both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Air are 60% faster than M1 thanks to the new M3 chip. Plus, these ones are less prone to fingerprints.