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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 Until then I’ll just have to keep using my now horribly outdated and inferior “old” white keyboard…that I purchased 2 months ago.

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

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

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  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.

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  4. It’s not lame.

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  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?

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  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!

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  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.

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  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

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  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!!

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    1. Yup – just you. Sincerely.

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  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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  11. Ack! What about all of us that generally get external keyboards for the number pad? We just have to deal with wires?

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  12. Count me among the many who LIKE the new look of the iMac computer and also see the keyboards as perfect for their purpose. I suppose there is no way to make everyone happy.

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  13. I can appreciate that the narrower width fits better on one’s lap and that typing would be more balanced with the center of gravity in the middle of the letters, rather than under the right hand. But I cannot imagine why Apple would include an fn key for the F-keys and not also integrate a numeric keypad as it has on notebook computers for as long as I can remember.

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  14. I want one of those,

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  15. @debbie
    what do you mean there is no way to make everyone happy. All they would have had to do is offer the wireless in both a full and smaller version.

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  16. Look at this image (from Engadget), you can clearly see a power button on what it seems to be the short wireless keyboard version. So, I wonder if the retail one has also a power button? If yes, this is a very new feature!

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  17. Ok ok, it’s probably the keyboard’s power button instead of a computer remote power button… I dunno 8/

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  18. Steve, my comment about making everyone happy referred to Amber’s comment about “ugly iMac”. I actually went to apple store and bought one tonight….and I can again say it’s great looking! Very sleek—looks like nothing more than cinema display!

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  19. “Ok ok, it’s probably the keyboard’s power button instead of a computer remote power button… I dunno 8/”

    Surely just have the keyboard turn on with a keypress :/ But I don’t understand how it could be the computer power on

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  20. Good products but hmm… I want wireless AND keypad. I guess I’ll have to live with this. Maybe they’ll release one of those keypads you can buy and have on the side.

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  21. it is very nice looking, I just never understood why anyone would want their computer build into their monitor. The shelf life of a monitor is a lot longer than a computer, seems like a giant was of money from the consumers standpoint (while being genius in an evil way from apples). Forcing you to buy a new monitor every time you want a new desktop.

    Thats why I would probably never buy an imac. I want a mac that specs like an imac but has no monitor.

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  22. Extra revenue!! Would it surprise anyone if 6 months down the road an add-on keypad came out for the truncated keyboard? or maybe a wireless keyboard with the number pad later so that those who jumped on the wireless w/o will then rebuy the wireless with?

    This is Apple – I love em, but they have a habit of releasing a mostly great product with a small issue or two (how long did they wait till everyone had bought a wired mighty mouse before releasing a wireless version?) so that people will spend money on both at some time or another. They’re in it for money, and I imagine that’s a revenue plan for them…

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  23. pure suckiness with typical sublime Apple style.

    I personally agree with Nick Santilli: a smart marketing operation

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  24. [...] also heard rumours that the new wireless keyboard needs a lot to be desired. There’s no keypad and special function keys and it’s super [...]

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  25. I am very happy with this solution. I wrote about this many, many years ago in http://www.appleblunders.com/index_perip.html#anchorkey so this is nice indeed, though my Macbook Pro is still my weapon of choice :-)

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  26. I’m happy to see the number pad go. With my current keyboard the pad is right where my mouse needs to sit. I’m constantly having to move my keyboard over to use my mouse and then back over to type. I find my self typing while leaning to the left a lot. How about a numeric pad on the left side? I personally want a wired version with out a number pad. I never understood why any one needs wireless keyboard. Seams like a hassle to have to keep it charged. Why do you need it when you are a foot away from the plug anyway?

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  27. [...] iMac I bought but I suppose the aluminium look is quite nice. I’ve also heard rumours that the new wireless keyboard needs a lot to be desired. There’s no keypad and special function keys and it’s super thin. [...]

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  28. I agree with these guys;

    #7 David says:
    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.”

    28 Jared Christensen says:
    I’m happy to see the number pad go. With my current keyboard the pad is right where my mouse needs to sit. I’m constantly having to move my keyboard over to use my mouse and then back over to type. I find my self typing while leaning to the left a lot. How about a numeric pad on the left side?

    A numeric keypad is a pain in the butt. Or shoulder and arm, as the case may be.I much prefer to have my mouse where the keypad would be, and love my MacBook Pro for that very reason.

    I do agree, however, that both keyboards should be offered in wired and unwired versions. I personally dislike wireless peripherals, even using a USB mouse with my laptop, and if I was using a desktop computer rather than a laptop, I’d like to be able to use a wired keyboard, and one that doesn’t have the number pad. An optional wired numberpad would be useful to get for those times when I was doing a lot of data entry, but I use a mouse far and away more often than number pads, and prefer the ergonomic plusses that come with not having the number pad in the way.

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  29. Jugger Grimrodd Sunday, September 9, 2007

    I think the new wireless keyboard (and wired) is awesome. It makes sense to me. Use the same layout at your desk and on your notebook. I am typing this on the wired version and it is awesome. It is soooo comfortable. Way to go Apple!

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  30. I received my wireless keyboard today and it’s everything I hoped for — only nicer. It is working great in my living room hooked up to my mac mini. It’s small and beautiful!

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  31. [...] is effectively just a cut out of a laptop keyboard. In other words, lame.[…] Thanks to chanpory for providing this nice story on Digg (more than [...]

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  32. I wish they told me when I was buying the wireless keyboard that it did not include a num pad. I would have ordered the wired.

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  33. I would Like a new wireless mac keyboard with numpad. comes in handy when running our own business.

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  34. [...] also heard rumours that the new wireless keyboard needs a lot to be desired. There’s no keypad and special function keys and it’s super [...]

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