Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Keyboard compatibility with iOS devices

Learn about the compatibility of Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Keyboard, and third-party Bluetooth keyboards with iOS devices.

Apple Wireless Keyboard, Magic Keyboard, and many Bluetooth keyboards that use the Apple keyboard layout work with these iOS devices:

  • iPad (all models)
  • iPhone 3GS or later
  • iPod touch (3rd generation or later)

The following Apple keyboards work with iOS:

Magic Keyboard
Magic Keyboard

  • Lightning connector, built-in battery
  • Works with iOS devices running iOS 9.1 or later

Apple Wireless Keyboard 2011

  • Uses two AA batteries
  • Exposé and Launchpad function keys:   
  • When using Apple Wireless Keyboard (2011) with iOS 4.3 or earlier, the function keys are limited to the Eject key. Update to iOS 5 or later to enable additional function keys.

Apple Wireless Keyboard 2009

  • Uses two AA batteries
  • Exposé and Dashboard function keys:   

Apple Wireless Keyboard 2007

  • No number pad, uses three AA batteries

The original Apple Wireless Keyboard (introduced in 2003, white case, number pad, uses four AA batteries) does not work with iOS.


  • Not all function keys that work on the Mac will work on iOS devices.
  • In addition to Apple keyboards, many third-party Bluetooth keyboards that use the Apple keyboard layout work with iOS devices. Check with the keyboard manufacturer for additional information.

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