Naturally, they couldn't redo the keyboard or the trackpad alone, as they're meant to sit side by side. So the new look applies to both.
No mention of "butterfly switches", as used on the slender Retina MacBook, which is a shame if true as I quite like those.
But I like the look of the new desktop keyboards, and I'll report once I see them in the local Apple Store. I wouldn't reckon on new wonders in key feel, but the MacBook impressed me more than I expected.
The Magic Trackpad is looking pretty boss now, with a larger surface, apparently. I use the old model every day and I'll be paying close attention to the new one when I see it. It's special sauce is Force Touch, Apple's haptic technology that gives you the impression there's several layers of click, depending on how hard you press. It's in all their laptops, and now the desktops get it too.
That wedge shaped case is actually quite similar to something I had in mind for a custom keyboard of my own. Damn not having a CNC machine out back!
The main upgrade all of these share is a built in, USB rechargeable battery. Thank goodness. I've never been impressed by the distinctly non-Apple experience of dropping ugly AA batteries into my trackpad every couple of months. And the Magic Mouse was much more frequent than that. Which I fixed with one of these.
But wait! These guys charge over USB… via a Lightning cable? Huh?? So much for going USB C on everything. In fact, the new iMacs don't even have USB C ports!? What the? Well, I never saw that coming. What a mistake!
You won't find mention of it in this fluff piece at Medium either, of course. Until the comments…
Lightning's a fine connector, but I'm surprised USB C (which Apple designed for the USB spec body) hasn't taken over completely, since Apple went with it as the exclusive port on the MacBook. And I'm bloody well furious there isn't a whole row of USB C ports anywhere to be seen on the new iMacs! There's not even Lightning ports. Just dumb old "nope, try again!" USB A, for years of cable flipping fun to come. Grr!
But other than that: looking pretty good. The proof will be in playing around with them up town.
Oh, now that the Magic Mouse has an integrated battery, I expect the Mobee Magic Charger isn't long for this world, so I'll add a few pictures here for posterity.