Apple’s next round of iMacs may launch alongside a set of new accessories -- dubbed Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2. The names of the products were spotted in code within a beta version of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 by French blog Consomac.
References to a new Apple wireless keyboard and a Magic Mouse 2 were first spotted in August in a set of filings with the Federal Communications Commission. But at the time, there weren’t any clues pointing to what Apple planned to name its next wireless keyboard. Following the unveiling of Apple’s iPhone 6S, iPad Pro and Apple TV in September, it dropped a few more clues by registering several new domains which use the term “Magic Keyboard,” such as applemagickeyboard.com, according to MacRumors.
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Specifics on each device mostly remain scarce, save for the references to support for Bluetooth version 4.2 and lithium-ion batteries, instead of the AA batteries used in its current Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. One possible feature that may make its way onto the new accessories is Force Touch pressure-sensitive technology, which enables a trackpad or touchscreen to detect the difference between a light tap and hard press.
Apple first launched Force Touch with the Apple Watch and its latest MacBooks. With the iPhone 6S, Apple introduced an upgraded version of the technology -- called 3D Touch -- which can detect different levels of pressure.
A release date for the three accessories is unknown. But it’s possible Apple may unveil them with a 4K-resolution 21.5-inch iMac that Apple is set to launch next week, according to 9to5Mac.