Alongside its new iMacs, Apple has debuted a new slate of peripherals: Magic Mouse 2 ($80), Magic Keyboard ($100) and the Force Touch-equipped Magic Trackpad 2 ($130). All the new devices use Bluetooth connections with a 30-foot range and feature lithium-ion batteries that are rechargable through a Lightning port; Magic Trackpad 2 actually requires a Bluetooth 4.0-enabled Mac as a system requirement. Apple estimates all of the devices take about 2 hours to fully charge and can last a month or more on a single charge.
The new mouse has a slimmer profile now that AA batteries aren’t required, making the device lighter than the previous Magic Mouse. An improved foot design gives the new mouse smoother movement with less resistance, and its multi-touch surface allows users to scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe through web pages and click or double click anywhere. The new keyboard also touts a lower profile than the old Apple wireless keyboard thanks to the rechargeable battery, and improved key stability thanks to a re-engineered scissor mechanism. Instead of getting smaller like the new keyboard and mouse, Apple’s new trackpad boasts a click-anywhere surface that’s 29 percent larger than the previous model. As with the mouse, trackpad users can scroll and swipe in any direction, but Force Touch gives the new trackpad additional capabilities, performing a variety of different actions with a deeper press.