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2011 iMac details hint at backlit wireless keyboard

updated 11:00 am EDT, Wed May 4, 2011

Product may have missed intended ship date

Some aspects of the 2011 iMac hint that Apple is or was working on a backlit wireless keyboard, according to reports. Under Keyboard preferences in Mac OS X, for instance, new iMac owners can toggle an automatic illumination option. While standard on MacBook Pros, the option is normally missing on Macs which don't have a backlit keyboard built in.

An essential aid for any backlit keyboard is an ambient light sensor; MacGeneration points out that the upgraded iMac does in fact have an ambient sensor, located next to the webcam. A matching screen brightness slider is present in Mac OS X. Transmitting ambient light data from an iMac to a keyboard instead of building a sensor into the keyboard would allow Apple to preserve its minimalist design.

The presence of backlighting options in the iMac iteration of Mac OS X could indicate that Apple had originally intended to roll out new keyboards to go with new computers, but missed the deadline. Alternately the company may have inadvertently carried over settings from the 2011 MacBook Pro, which debuted in February. A third possibility is that the company is laying groundwork according to plan.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. rvhernandez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Awesome

    If they do come out with a backlit keyboard, that would be awesome!

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    Oi!

    ADD IT BACK TO THE MACBOOK AIR!!!!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Or...

    it's a bug in the keyboard control panel!

    Nah, that can't be it. Must be an indicator of a soon to come change.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    Wait!

    I know! This is proof iCloud is coming soon! Clouds block out sunlight and makes things darker. Thus, one would benefit from a lighted keyboard. I think this indicates iCloud is going to be even bigger than anyone can imagine!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -8

    Or....

    Steve went on leave at Apple to work on his Mr. Burn's like sun-blocking device. Apple, knowing of Steve's diabolical plan, realize this could put Mac users in some distress trying to use their iMacs in what was once their sun-rooms.

    Just goes to show you, Apple is always thinking ahead. Proactive, not reactive!

  1. DiabloConQueso

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Wha...?

    The presence of backlighting options in the iMac iteration of Mac OS X could indicate that Apple had originally intended to roll out new keyboards to go with new computers, but missed the deadline. Alternately the company may have inadvertently carried over settings from the 2011 MacBook Pro, which debuted in February. A third possibility is that the company is laying groundwork according to plan.

    I read three things here:

    1) Apple screwed up and missed the deadline with the illuminated keyboard.
    2) Apple screwed up and left a software option in the build of Mac OS X on the new iMacs that was not intended for the iMacs.
    3) Apple didn't s**** up at all.

    Talk about covering all the bases.

  1. Foe Hammer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Looks Like This Rumor ...

    ... triggered a new all-time low: a testudo triple klutz.

    If true, these keyboards would fly off the shelves like the magical aluminum-encased fingertip tinglers that they are. (Yes, I'm trying to induce a testudo quadruple queeze.)

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Coming out

    I think the warm weather is what has brought Testiculo out of his shell! :-)

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