The Touch ID sensor in Apple’s new Magic Keyboard made its debut with the updated iMac earlier this week and can be used with Apple’s M1 processor, Rene Ritchie and Mcrums report. It is worth mentioning that, at least so far, the keyboard has only been sold with the new iMac equipped with M1, which will be pre-ordered on April 30.
Apple has been shipping MacBooks with built-in Touch ID for some time, but this is the first time it has appeared in accessories. The biometric security method can be used to log in to the device, as well as to authorize the purchase and login of certain third-party applications. The new Touch ID keyboard has a compact layout, as well as a full-size keyboard with a numeric keypad.
You can only buy them on M1Macs (now?), but you can use them on other M1 Macs (with Touch ID!), or with BT keyboards on Intel Macs/other devices (without Touch ID) . https://t.co/mOOp5mbmg2
-Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) April 20, 2021
The bad news for owners of old Macs is that the Touch ID feature in the new keyboard will not work on any Intel-based computer. According to reports, the keyboard itself will work, not biometric security. As explained in Apple’s press release, the new keyboard requires the Secure Enclave in the M1 processor to encrypt the transmitted fingerprint information end-to-end.
Although the Touch ID keyboard is currently only available with the new all-in-one feature, Mcrums Please note that Apple has previously opened special accessories for general sales. For example, after previously limiting it to iMac Pro in 2017, it started selling gray keyboards, mice, and trackpads in 2018, which anyone can buy.