Apple may be trying to bring the magic back to its computer peripherals, at least that seems to be message from the naming convention of the Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2. There are many improvements over the existing peripherals, the most important of which is switching away from AA batteries for power.
The Magic Mouse 2 is the least changed of the group. It effectively the same mouse, but with the AA batteries replaced by built in batteries. These charge via a Lightning cable, and Apple is saying that a full charge will be able to last a whole month. More importantly, they will be able to charge quickly, with two minutes connected to a power source providing some nine hours of power. This new power option is the same across all the new peripherals as well.
The Magic Keyboard takes advantage of the battery change by reducing its thickness. This provides for a smaller angle on the keys, which results in a more laptop-like typing experience. The keys are also slightly widened by reducing the air gap between the keys and the chassis; while a few keys are also redesigned. The left and right directional keys are substantially lengthened, and now fill the empty space above them.
Finally, the Magic Trackpad 2 is an entirely new design. The Trackpad itself is now narrower and longer, with the actual trackpad covering most of its surface. Users now have the option to click anywhere on the trackpad by tapping, which is apparently an improvement over the previous model. The Magic Trackpad 2 now also supports the Force Touch from the MacBook trackpads.
Unfortunately, the improvements on the peripherals have also resulted in a price increase. This is becoming a trend from the Apple announcements today, and users can expect to pay top dollar. The Magic Keyboard retails for RM469, while the Magic Mouse 2 retails for RM379. The greatly improved Magic Trackpad 2 sells for RM599. All three peripherals are already available on the Apple online store.