New iPad: Although Apple is firmly committed to using the Lightning port on the iPhone when Apple releases the latest and greatest version of something, it is generally reluctant to end support for older products and accessories. This was especially notable this week as it was revealed that the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will not work with the Magic Keyboard created for its predecessor a year ago.
French website iGeneration was the first to break the news, explaining that although the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2020 and 2021 are basically similar, the thickness of the new iPad Pro has increased by 0.5mm. The website claims to have seen documents from Apple, stating that the old magic keyboard will not be supported. AppleInsider later claimed to have received confirmation directly from Apple, which is the case.
However, it is important to note that the Apple Store website states that the new Magic Keyboard can be used with older iPad Pro models. Also, this will only affect the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The 11-inch model can still be used with the previous Magic Keyboard.
This isn’t the only support issue left for new Apple products this week. Although the split Siri remote for the Apple TV 4K 2017 includes a gyroscope and accelerometer, the redesigned remote for the new Apple TV 4K lacks these features. This change will not affect the TV viewing experience of the device, but it is really important for games. Some Apple TV games use these sensors for an iPhone-like input and gaming experience.
In other words, Apple has added support for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox series controllers on the Apple TV platform. Although all Apple Arcade games must run on Apple TV, a large portion of them require a dedicated gamepad. Apple may work hard to make its own remote control play games like a dead end, and in the future, it may look to those more traditional controllers for support.
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