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Apple's new keyboards: thin, wired/wireless

updated 04:00 pm EDT, Tue August 7, 2007

New Mac keyboards

The ultra-thin keyboard accompanying Apple's new iMacs is also available for purchase separately, as is the new Bluetooth wireless keyboard that offers a similarly thin form factor, but lacks the full size and two USB 2.0 ports of its wired cousin. Both keyboards are about .33" thick and feature a sleek anodized aluminum enclosure. They also both feature labeled function keys that control Expose, Dashboard, volume and can play/pause, fast-forward or rewind media. The wired keyboard requires a Mac with an available USB 1.1 or USB 2.0 port, Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later and a Keyboard software update. It's priced at $50. The wireless keyboard requires a Mac with Bluetooth, Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later, the Keyboard software update, and existing keyboard and mouse for initial setup and three AA batteries (included). It's priced at $79. Both new models are available from the online Apple Store.











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  1. starwarrior

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Where is Trackpad?

    The wireless is so nice. However, I would really like to my desktop motions to be like my laptop motions. A replica laptop wireless keyboard for the desktop would be so nice. Just got an attempt by Adesso yesterday, but it falls short with skimpiness and clicky keys. Come on design guys and gals.

  1. mitchcohen

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wireless - no number pad?

    Wait... So the wireless keyboard lacks a numeric keypad? What's the point of that?

    Why not just re-introduce the hockey-puck mouse? Ack!

    From the online store, it at least appears the MacPro still ships with a real keyboard (or real wireless keyboard). I fear this is another example of Apple's style over substance.

  1. nhmlco

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Trackpad

    I want a wireless keyboard with the notebook's trackpad...

  1. JEB

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Nice!!!

    I actually have a pretty small desk space, and would prefer a) no wires ... and b) drop the numeric keypad . . . for us, that's an added bonus space-wise.

    GO APPLE!!! GO WIRELESS KEYBOARD!!! GO iMAC!!!

  1. FastAMX79

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hmmm....

    I wouldn't mind the bluetooth one, but what the h***... no number keypad on it? What is Apple smoking? I guess i'll wait for the 'revision' in 6 months...

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wireless

    The reason the wireless keyboard has no numeric keypad is the same reason my PowerBook doesn't have one, ease of use while typing on your lap. Pretty logical really. Who knows, maybe Apple will release a bluetooth keypad, that would be kinda cool too.

  1. JulesLt

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    JulesLt

    I mean, I find myself using the numeric keypad all the time. Oh wait, I don't.

    But yeah, both options might have been a nice idea for the few who do, and a trackpad would have been nice (what's the point of having a keyboard in your lap if you have to take your hands away to go for your mouse).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    wireless

    I mean, I find myself using the numeric keypad all the time. Oh wait, I don't.

    Just because you don't doesn't mean a lot of people don't.

    But yeah, both options might have been a nice idea for the few who do, and a trackpad would have been nice (what's the point of having a keyboard in your lap if you have to take your hands away to go for your mouse).

    And, also, for some, the point of a wireless keyboard is to use in your lap. For others, its the convenience of not being wired to your computer or monitor (easier to place/move). But, if you're going to make a keyboard modeled after your laptop keyboard, a trackpad seems like an obvious inclusion. Maybe they feared people would whine it was too big/fat (although, h***, apple could make one that swings out from the bottom, so you could use it if you want, hide it if you don't).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hey

    What do you think the chances are they made this to work with the AppleTV in the future (although they would really need to license my patented swing-out trackpad feature).

  1. Roehlstation

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re Juleslt

    (what's the point of having a keyboard in your lap if you have to take your hands away to go for your mouse)

    It isn't about not taking your hands off it is about having the keyboard centered on your lap...

    BTW: You can use a computer without a mouse.

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