updated 01:45 pm EST, Tue March 3, 2009
New Apple wired keyboard
Complementing Apple's new desktops is a new wired keyboard option. Simply called the Apple Keyboard, the device is a cheaper alternative to the existing wired model; gone is the numeric keypad, which does however provide the benefit of a smaller size. The design is modeled after Apple's aluminum wireless keyboard, which has always omitted the keypad.
The new keyboard requires Mac OS X 10.5.6, and additionally sports two USB 2.0 ports for peripherals such as mice and iPods. It costs $49 as a separate purchase, but is now the default bundle for Apple's updated iMacs. Keyboards with numeric pads remain available as optional upgrades.