Felipe Esposito, 9to5Mac:
9to5Mac has found references in iPadOS 13.5.5 beta code that points to new keyboard shortcuts that replace some of the function keys.
We’ve found evidence in code that suggests the existence of new keyboard shortcuts to change the brightness of the iPad screen or even the backlight of the keyboard.
Shortly after updating to iPadOS 13.5.5 Beta, I noticed the brightness keys on the function row of the standalone Magic Keyboard I currently use with my iPad Pro no longer function, so perhaps this lends credence to 9to5Mac’s findings.
Some functionalities get nuked only to make a return later during beta periods, so I’m I hoping this Magic Keyboard change is temporary as Apple implements the shortcuts to adjust the screen, and possibly keyboard brightness for the Magic Keyboard for iPad. The media keys on the standalone Magic Keyboard are operating as usual, though.