Apple Wireless Keyboard Updated for Better Battery Life (With Tablets?)


With all of the Apple Tablet hysteria this week, it’s nice to see that Cupertino hasn’t forgotten about its other products. My Apple Wireless Keyboard found a firmware upgrade today. Although most any tablet with Bluetooth can use a wireless keyboard, I’m guessing this is just coincidence and not an upgrade to “make the keyboard work” with an anticipated product. Of course, this is good fodder for the conspiracy theorists out there. ;)

No, there’s no mention of any tablet compatibility in the release notes. Instead, we get something even more useful: better battery performance! Apple (s aapl) says:

“This firmware update improves battery performance of the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard when used in combination with other bluetooth devices (eg. Magic Mouse, some bluetooth headsets, tablets) and addresses an issue with the 2007 aluminum Apple Keyboard and the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard where a key may repeat unexpectedly while typing. The update also addresses other issues.”

OK, I added and then struck out the word “tablets” in there, but we have to keep leaving clues for people to talk about, right? Seriously, better battery life on wireless peripherals is always welcome. And don’t forget, if you have a seemingly dead Apple Wireless Keyboard, a little bit of tin foil can revive it faster than you can say “Apple Tablet.”


Charlie Lithium

As long as those two AA batteries can outlast my new iSlate i good to go.

I believe a better iSlate keyboard would have a ginormous touch-gesture trackpad so you don’t have to reach over to the iSlate’s screen.


I got that this morning as well and aplied it. Yes better battery life is always good. :)

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