What's going on with Apple's new iMac accessories?

M3 iMac
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This week was a big one for Mac fans, with Apple announcing new, M3-powered versions of both its MacBook Pro and iMac. The latter, being a desktop computer, comes with a keyboard and mouse as standard – but users are somewhat baffled to discover that they're still charged via Lightning, which Apple recently (begrudgingly) replaced in favour of USB-C across the iPhone line up.

The Magic Mouse 2 (still one of Apple's most egregious design crimes) and Magic Keyboard still feature a Lightning port, which seems pretty out of place seeing as Apple has already begun updating other accessories, such as the AirPods charging case) to USB-C. It means some Mac users will, frustratingly, need to continue carrying more than one charging cable. 

In a move that many have speculated is designed to shift existing inventory, Apple has made the somewhat bizarre decision to keep shipping the mouse and keyboard with Lightning – leading to outcry on Twitter (sorry, X):

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Thanks to EU law, Apple was finally forced to adopt USB-C with the iPhone 15 line up. But it seems said law doesn't apply to keyboards and mice – or at least doesn't yet. With Apple swiftly updating AirPods and EarPods to USB-C, and discontinuing several Lightning products including the MagSafe Battery Pack and MagSafe Duo, it seemed the company was keen to make a quick transition. But with the iMac unlikely to get an update for another couple of years, an entire Apple USB-C ecosystem probably isn't on the horizon.

This isn't the first somewhat baffling decision we've seen from Apple regarding accessories. In what could be interpreted similarly as an inventory-based move, the 10th generation iPad only supported the rather dated first generation Apple Pencil at launch last year.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.