Apple has finally decided to start selling its Magic Keyboard With Touch ID as a standalone product starting at $149. However, the Touch ID feature only works on M1 Macs, which means the main selling point won’t work for many Mac owners.
Currently, the only M1 Macs are the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020), iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021), and Mac mini (M1, 2020). If you have one of those, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the Magic Keyboard With Touch ID and all of its features. This applies to the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and the Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad.
If you’re sitting on an Intel Mac, you can absolutely still use the keyboard, but you won’t be able to take advantage of the Touch ID. If you want a nice keyboard, though, you’re better off saving money and getting the traditional Magic Keyboard or Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, as they offer the same features, just without the Touch ID that won’t work on your device anyway.