It is believed that the 2021 12.9-inch iPad Pro will not work with older generation Magic Keyboards because it’s around 0.5mm thicker than last year’s model. Although the increase in thickness may sound negligible, it’s substantial enough to prevent the new iPad Pro from closing properly when used with older keyboards.
This means that you will have to spend $349 on the new Magic Keyboard if you need a folio case, on top of the $1,099 starting price. The new keyboard is apparently largely the same as the previous model, save for a new white color option. It is backward compatible with the 2018 and 2020 iPad Pros.
This screen tech is supposedly the reason why the new variant is slightly thicker than the previous model.
11-inch iPad Pro remains compatible with older Magic Keyboards
The new 11-inch iPad Pro does not feature an XDR Display and its dimensions have not changed. The upside is that it’s still compatible with older Magic Keyboards. Apple has also introduced a new Magic Keyboard for the 11-inch model and it costs $299. The model itself starts at $799.
The new models also include Thunderbolt connectors and optional 5G wireless technology. The camera system has also been updated.