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Today Apple announced a brand new shiny keyboard. It’s sculpted out of beautiful aluminum is freakishly thing. But with all the hype they managed to leave out some major differences in the wired vs. wireless versions. The top keyboard in that image is the wired and […]

Today Apple announced a brand new shiny keyboard. It’s sculpted out of beautiful aluminum is freakishly thing.

But with all the hype they managed to leave out some major differences in the wired vs. wireless versions.

Apple Wired/Wireless Keyboard

The top keyboard in that image is the wired and the bottom is the wireless/bluetooth version.

Yes, those are to scale.

No, the new wireless version does not have a keypad…or any of the new “shortcut” keys.

The new wireless version is effectively just a cut out of a laptop keyboard.

While I think Apple has created a magnificent new product here, I think they’ve made a horrible move by only offering these options. It’d be one thing to offer a wired or wireless version of each (as I can see the smaller version coming in handy for travelers), but it’s a different thing to only offer a wired version to get a full keyboard.

I’m crossing my fingers here that in the coming months they’ll offer a new wireless version of the full keyboard. Until then I’ll just have to keep using my now horribly outdated and inferior “old” white keyboard…that I purchased 2 months ago.

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  1. At least the diNovo Edge keyboard would look great with the new iMacs…

  2. Yes, the new wireless keyboard is a disappointment.

  3. Man, you beat me to writing this post!

    I have to say that I love the new keyboards, but I will agree that the wireless version does seem over simplified. It is nice that they only take 3 AA’s, and they shut themselves off when not in use. And only .33″ deep?! Man, I can’t wait to see one in person.

  4. It’s not lame.

  5. While I agree that the non-number pad wireless is pretty lame, I think it does include the shortcut keys across the top of the keyboard. Are you talking about some other shortcut keys that aren’t obvious?

  6. I love the new keyboard and iMacs…gotta go to the store tomorrow morning and get one. Apple has made one more perfect decision!

  7. For me, the wireless keyboard will be easier on my shoulder because I can move the mouse in a better position. I’ll take it.

  8. Great idea!

    It will stop idiots in the studio ordering wireless keyboards when they’re centimetres away from a USB port. And specialise wireless to what it should be, a lapboard or something you move about alot

  9. Um is it just me or are the new iMacs horribly ugly? *GASP* I said that. I’ve never disliked any of Apple’s designs until these new imacs!!

    1. Yup – just you. Sincerely.

  10. The wireless keyboard, while perhaps not optimal, isn’t really aimed at normal desktop usage anyways. It’s meant to be the living room keyboard and for that role it’s well designed.

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