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Apple begins promoting Magic Keyboard with Contact ID and new Mac Professional GPUs

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  • Apple’s new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID.

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  • Here is the number pad variant.

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  • And here is a cheaper model without Touch ID.

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  • The new Magic Trackpad has a subtly different design.

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  • The Magic Mouse can hardly be distinguished from its predecessor.

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Apple is in a slow streak between major product launches, but Tuesday launched some peripherals and add-ons that may be of interest to certain Mac users. The products include a Magic Keyboard equipped with Touch ID (previously only included with the 24-inch iMac) and three new graphics card modules for the Mac Pro desktop.

You can also find updated versions of the Magic Mouse ($ 79) and Magic Trackpad ($ 129) in the Apple Store, but these aren’t that different. For example, the Magic Trackpad simply has a subtly different shape to better match the more modified Magic Keyboard. Each of the updated accessories come with a USB-C to Lightning cable for charging.

The keyboard has a completely new shape and additional features, including a Touch ID fingerprint reader. Touch ID is a biometric authentication feature previously only used in Apple laptops and mobile devices.

The new Magic Keyboard design was introduced exclusively for the M1-equipped 24-inch iMac, which launched this spring. Since this all-in-one desktop was available in different colors, the keyboard is available in the same color tones. But it seems the standalone Magic Keyboard only comes in the standard silver and white theme seen in so many Apple accessories.

The Magic Keyboard with Touch ID costs $ 149, and a version without Touch ID costs $ 99. There are also versions of the keypads without Touch ID and Touch ID with a numeric keypad ($ 129 and $ 179, respectively).

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New Mac Pro MPX modules

  • The Radeon Pro W6800X MPX module for the Mac Pro.

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  • The Radeon Pro W6800X Duo MPX module for the Mac Pro.

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  • The Radeon Pro W6900X MPX module for the Mac Pro.

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The Mac Pro is far from being mass-produced for consumers; it is primarily intended for professional video editing bays and the like. But if you’re one of the few people to own one (or if you manage the IT for a team that does), you now have some new upgrade options.

The Mac Pro has an upgradeable graphics card, but uses preconfigured modules instead of off-the-shelf consumer GPUs. Starting today, three new graphics modules are available for the Mac Pro.

Each one bears the name Radeon Pro. Here are the names and prices:

They can be purchased individually or as part of a new Mac Pro configuration.

We’ll have to wait for some benchmarks to show up to get reliable insights into performance, but each module has 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports and an HDMI 2.0 port. The Mac Pro can hold two modules, so you can have up to 4 GPUs when using a Duo module like the one listed above.

With the introduction of these new modules, Apple will no longer offer the AMD Radeon Pro Vega II or AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo modules as configuration options for new Mac Pros at the time of purchase. However, they will still be available as standalone options to existing Apple customers.

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