It didn't take me long after this morning's iMac press embargo lifted, and my own link post on the new Magic Keyboard to actually secure possesion of the thing. I first read about Apple's new products around 8 or 9 this morning, and had the Magic Keyboard connected up to my iPad by 7 this evening. I'll type more about it on a later date, but for now I'll say that it's quite a bit nicer in a couple small-but-noticeable ways.
Anyways, I wanted to draw attention to another couple pieces on Apple's new releases that I found phenomenal today. There might've not been enough room for them in this weekend's A-Players post, so I figured I might as well link to them now.
Both pieces are from the Medium publication Backchannel, which I wasn't familiar with before but seems to have quality content and be at least somewhat crowd-sourced. The first piece is an overarching interview with Apple's design teams focusing on the new product announcements from today. It features some great little details of the different hardships and concerns that the teams ran into when bringing the products we see today into reality. While the second piece is a juicy photo essay looking in on Apple's Input Laboratory, where they extensively test and pore over every detail of the latest hand-to-pixel input products coming from Cupertino.
It's always a little magical getting to see into the mysterious machine that is Apple - like looking behind the curtain for the grand Wizard of Oz and actually finding him there. We all probably hoped a little bit that each new keyboard and mouse was tested extensively for if it sounded good enough, but knowing that there actually are engineers behind those white walls working on our accessory-acoustics as I type this just makes me happy. The love of little details is still alive and well at Apple, and I think Steve would've been proud.