model- is about 0.5 mm thicker than its predecessor and this fuel speculation that older Magic keyboards do be unusable with it. 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro includes a liquid Retina XDR display that works with mini-LEDs, which is presumably the reason why it is slightly thicker than the previous slate.
You can use the old Magic keyboard with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but …
Apple says the first-generation Magic keyboard, model number A1998, is functionally compatible with the new 12.9-inch tablet, but has acknowledged that the accessory may not fit snugly closed, especially if it has screen protector on.
The first generation of the Magic Keyboard (A1998) is functionally compatible with the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro (5th generation) with Liquid Retina XDR display. Due to the slightly thicker size of this new iPad Pro, it is possible that the Magic keyboard may not fit snugly closed, especially when using screen protectors.
If this can bother you, you might be better off with a new Magic keyboard that costs $ 349. In addition to the previously available black color option, the new keyboard is also white. It is backward compatible with 2018 and 2020 iPad professionals. The price of the fifth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro is $ 1,099.
The new 11-inch iPad Pro hasn’t introduced mini-LED technology, and its dimensions are the same as the previous model. This means it’s still compatible with the previous generation of Magic keyboards, although Apple has also announced a new one that costs $ 299. The price of this tablet starts at $ 799.
Pre-orders for new tablets begin April 30 and a new report says they will arrive on the shelves on May 21st.
Apple’s latest tablets are powered by the same built-in M1 processor that consumes new Macs, with up to 2TB of storage attached. Other significant updates are optional 5G connectivity, Thunderbolt connectors and a new camera system. It already sounds like one the best tablets from 2021.