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New $249 Magic Keyboard Folio goes with iPad 10

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It looks like a nice iPad 10 accessory, but it's not cheap.
It looks like a nice iPad 10 accessory, but it's not cheap.
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Along with the redesigned 10th-gen iPad that Apple released Tuesday, the company rolled out the first Magic Keyboard Folio to go with the entry-level tablet. The new iPad accessory adds function keys — a first for Apple’s iPad keyboards.

While the iPad 10 costs much more than previous versions, starting at $449 instead of $329, if you want the detachable keyboard and stand Apple now makes for it, you have to add another $249.

That completes your basic iPad experience for a pretty penny. And the new Magic Keyboard Folio only comes in white, by the way.

Add the new Magic keyboard Folio to iPad 10 for $249

Previously, a version of the Magic Keyboard was only available for iPad Pro and iPad Air. Now, the new Magic Keyboard Folio includes a two-piece design with a detachable keyboard with full-size keys. You can take the keyboard off and use the folio alone as a protective case for your iPad.

The keyboard also features a fairly large trackpad and a 14-key function key row, as well as an adjustable stand that allows for different viewing angles.

The trackpad supports Multi-Touch gestures as well as the iPadOS cursor. The new function keys offer easy access to shortcuts, Apple said.

The new keyboard’s keys feature a scissor mechanism with 1mm of travel distance per keystroke, which is minimal but not unusual for a travel accessory.

The product comes in white and is compatible only with iPad 10.

You can preorder the Magic Keyboard Folio now. First shipping dates are in the last week of October. If you want a cover but no keyboard, you could order the new $79 Smart Folio, which comes in four colors.

Price: $249

Where to preorder: Apple