• Apple's new Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro is here
  • The pricey accessory can be used to maximize the use of the iPad Pro
  • Here are some tips and tricks to using it

Now that Apple's new Magic Keyboard for the 2020 (and 2018) iPad Pro is here, it's time for users to make the most of it.

Here are some tips and tricks to maximize the use of the new Magic Keyboard. These are meant to help the average user make the most of the pricey accessory for their iPad Pros.

Have an ESC key

Apple decided to remove the Escape key on the new Magic Keyboard, MacRumors noted. Those who tend to use if frequently, then, will find its removal a disappointment. Thankfully, there's a way to have an Escape key on the new accessory.

First, users should connect the Magic Keyboard to the iPad Pro, then go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Hardware Keyboard > Modifier Keys. Once there, users should select a key they want to use as an Escape key, then choose Escape on the next screen. This remaps that key as the new Escape key.

Someone who tried remapping keys and using the Command+period keys as an Esc key alternative noted that it doesn't work on certain sites like Netflix and YouTube.

Customize cursor behavior

The latest iPadOS version allows users to customize how the trackpad cursor will look like and behave. Users can tweak it so that it will have a different color, size, scrolling speed and more. Users can tweak these by going to Settings > Accessibility > Pointer Control.

Full Keyboard Access

Those who prefer to use keyboard shortcuts than continually tap on or make gestures on the iPad Pro's screen can do so via the Full Keyboard Access menu. This allows users to replicate gestures, functions and more using the keyboard. Users can do this by going to Settings > Accessibility > Keyboards > Full Keyboard Access.

iPad Pro Magic Keyboard The new Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro Photo: Apple


Those who loved using the Tap-to-Click feature on the MacBook's trackpad can also do it on the Magic Keyboard's built-in trackpad. This can be enabled by going to Settings > General > Trackpad, and toggling on the switch next to Tap to Click. This allows users to click on anything on the screen with a simple tap on the trackpad.

Easel mode

Creatives who use the iPad Pro to draw will love how the new Magic Keyboard can act as an easel stand of sorts. To do this, users will need to hold the iPad Pro in landscape position, place the bottom edge of the device against the ridge at the bottom of the last row of keys, then rest the device against the Magic Keyboard's cover.