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Apple intros wired keyboard without numeric keypad

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.





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  1. beb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    iPod wheel

    Here we come...

  1. Ashari

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +21

    Wrong way!

    I want the wireless keyboard WITH the numeric pad!

  1. jondesu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +13

    Mistake

    It's not a cheaper alternative to the keyboard with numeric keypad. It's the exact same price, and you can get either one standard with a new machine.

    That may change, but for now it's the article that needs to change.

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    "Just so we're clear"

    Apple is reinforcing that they are not a brand for business, which requires a numberpad.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Just so we're clear

    Apple is slowly preparing for enterprise with these keyboards.

    Try to shoehorn a large keyboard into a server rack. Finally an Apple keyboard that fits anywhere...

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Just so we're clear

    Apple is slowly preparing for enterprise with these keyboards.

    Try to shoehorn a large keyboard into a server rack. Finally an Apple keyboard that fits anywhere...

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Both

    are available for the same price - choose which one you want, what;s the problem?

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    WTF

    Just when you thought Apple couldn't possibly make a worse keyboard, they had to go and release something like this. Apple should fire whoever is in charge of designing all their keyboards over there, as with the exception of the 13" and new 15" MacBooks and MBPs, they're all c***. There's no excuse for not having a numeric keypad on the 17" MBP, for example, they have yet to give us a full size keyboard with properly sized F keys, spaced far enough away from the other keys, and would it kill them to bring back the power button on the keyboard? As far as I'm concerned, Apple seems to have been very busy crapifying their keyboards for the last decade. Thankfully, there are still some 3rd parties around that make usable full size keyboards for Macs.

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    to WiseWeasel

    WTF??? From what planet are you??? Every review we've seen so far (including anti-Apple PC magazines, ZD-Net, Wired and others) has consistently rated the new "chiklet" keyboards superior to old, plastic-cap long-travel models. Everyone who objectively tried and tested these confirms that they are faster and more accurate on them.

    I don't understand why is everyone interpreting the introduction of the keypad-less keyboard as an upgrade/replacement to the existing long keyboard. The keyboard will fill the need (of many) for a numeric pad -free keyboard where cramped spaces don't allow full size.

    If you look at the default choices, when ordering Macs at apple.com, the long keyboard is still the default option for Mac Pro, whereas the short one is default on the iMac line. Of course, you can change this at no charge; you can also choose among English, French, Spanish and Japanese models (no extra charge), both short or long versions.

    Can anyone again explain to me, why is the introduction of a shortened model (i.e. expansion of choice) so terrible? Most of the time, whiners whine about the lack of choice. It would be great if they could make up their mind about choice. Yes or no?

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    to WiseWeasel

    WTF??? From what planet are you??? Every review we've seen so far (including anti-Apple PC magazines, ZD-Net, Wired and others) has consistently rated the new "chiklet" keyboards superior to old, plastic-cap long-travel models. Everyone who objectively tried and tested these confirms that they are faster and more accurate on them.

    I don't understand why is everyone interpreting the introduction of the keypad-less keyboard as an upgrade/replacement to the existing long keyboard. The keyboard will fill the need (of many) for a numeric pad -free keyboard where cramped spaces don't allow full size.

    If you look at the default choices, when ordering Macs at apple.com, the long keyboard is still the default option for Mac Pro, whereas the short one is default on the iMac line. Of course, you can change this at no charge; you can also choose among English, French, Spanish and Japanese models (no extra charge), both short or long versions.

    Can anyone again explain to me, why is the introduction of a shortened model (i.e. expansion of choice) so terrible? Most of the time, whiners whine about the lack of choice. It would be great if they could make up their mind about choice. Yes or no?

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