iFixit tears into Apple’s battery-packed Magic Mouse 2, Keyboard, & Trackpad 2
Apple debuted new versions of its Mac peripherals on Tuesday with the Magic Mouse 2, Magic Keyboard, and Magic Trackpad 2, replacing the aging AA battery-powered predecessors with versions that use Lightning cables to recharge built-in batteries. We’ve already seen hands-on unboxings for anyone interested but not curious enough to dish out the $330 total for all the new Magic gear, and now iFixit has followed up with the usual teardown and repairability analysis for each new Apple accessory.
No surprises inside the new $99 Magic Mouse 2 after iFixit’s teardown. Inside you’ll find it packs a 1,986 mAh rechargeable battery, iFixit noting that’s 9% more juice than the iPhone 6s battery. Like the new Siri Remote for Apple TV, Magic Mouse 2’s Lighting port for recharging the battery comes soldered with the battery cable meaning if one goes bad both need replaced. Between that and what iFixit calls excessive use of adhesive that keeps the whole thing closed, the site gives Magic Mouse 2 a fitting 2/10 for repairability. The 2009 predecessor got the same teardown treatment, and although it wasn’t rated for repairability iFixit managed to reassemble it.
So what makes Apple’s $129 Magic Trackpad 2 tick and how well can its parts be replaced? In terms of repairability, it fairs a little better after receiving a 3/10 from iFixit. That copper-colored four part piece is the Taptic Engine, which simulates clicks and feedback without using physical buttons. A 2024 mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery powers Magic Trackpad 2, larger than the iPhone 6s battery but smaller than the one in iPhone 6s Plus. Repairability is low due to a lack of repair manual, excessive use of glue where screws would suffice, and general difficulty disassembling. The original Magic Trackpad was no different however.
Finally up is the $99 Magic Keyboard which also features a Lightning port and a rechargeable battery — enough for Apple to call it ‘Magic’ for the first time without any other significant changes. Magic still means not super easy to repair as iFixit rates it a 3/10 for the same reasons: lots of glue over screws and no repair manual which risks damaging internal components for DIYers. iFixit confirms what Apple said, that Magic Keyboard uses the scissor-style mechanism for keys over the butterfly-style mechanism introduced on the 12-inch MacBook, but travel is still reduced to create a similar effect. As for its battery, iFixit says: “The 2.98 Wh battery has less than half the capacity of the 6.55 Wh battery in the iPhone 6s. But with less to do the battery should last for months on a single charge.”