As pointed out by the folks over at 9to5Mac, shipping times for the larger Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad have slipped to 6-7 weeks across Apple Stores in all countries, even though the standard Magic Keyboard is showing immediate availability. With 7 weeks time taking us right into December, the source believes Apple may release an updated model of the larger keyboard with the launch of its new iMac Pro.
“A logical explanation would be that Apple plans a new model of the larger keyboard to coincide with the launch of the iMac Pro. The current Magic Keyboards do have one obvious feature ripe for upgrade: the Eject key top-right. With Macs having long abandoned optical drives, this is entirely redundant for most of us. For those who do still use DVDs, they can be easily ejected by right-clicking on them in the Finder, so a dedicated key seems superfluous.”
It is being speculated that Apple may replace the Eject button on the current Magic Keyboard with a dedicated Siri button, which by default, occupies the same position on the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar i.e. on the right-hand side next to the Touch ID and power button.
Apple also showed off a Space Gray coloured Magic Keyboard back in June at WWDC, although it said that the Space Gray version would be exclusive to the iMac Pro and not sold separately.
The upcoming iMac Pro will start at $4,999 and be available in December, featuring four Thunderbolt 3 ports with support for up to two 5K displays, a 1080p FaceTime camera, realtime 3D rendering, and much more.