Apple Wireless Keyboard


Apple Wireless Keyboard

Infobox Computer
name = Apple Wireless Keyboard
developer = Apple Inc.
type = Wireless keyboard
photo =
caption = The current Apple Wireless Keyboard
first_release_date = September 16, 2003
discontinuation_date =
processor =
baseprice =
website = [http://www.apple.com/keyboard Apple.com - Keyboard]

The Apple Wireless Keyboard is a wireless keyboard built for Macintosh computers. It interacts over Bluetooth wireless technology and unlike its wired version, it has no USB connectors or ports. Both generations have low-power features when not in use.

On September 16, 2003, the first Apple Wireless Keyboard was introduced at the Apple Expo. [ [http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2003/sep/16keyboardmouse.html "Apple Introduces Wireless Keyboard & Mouse"] , Apple PR Statement] The device required four AA batteries, and had an On/Off switch on the bottom. It lacked wires and USB ports, but otherwise was cosmetically the same as the wired version.

On August 7, 2007 Apple released a completely redesigned model of the Apple Wireless Keyboard. Like the wired Apple Keyboard, the new model is thinner than its predecessors and has an aluminum enclosure. Another addition is the new functions added to the function keys, such as media controls and Dashboard control. Unlike the previous version, the Wireless Keyboard now has a layout similar to the MacBook. The power button has been relocated to the right side of the keyboard, and the key layout does not include a numerical typepad. The caps lock key now includes (undocumented) accidental press prevention [ [http://rentzsch.com/notes/applesantiCAPSLOCK apple's antiCAPSLOCK] ] ; the key must be held down for a moment for Caps Lock to engage. This behavior is not configurable, and has frustrated users who remap Caps Lock to a different modifier, such as Control.Fact|date=September 2008 The new keyboard also requires only three AA batteries, one fewer than its predecessor.

Although Apple includes support solely for Macintosh computers, it can also be used on a Windows PC providing that a Bluetooth receiver and appropriate Bluetooth stack is installed and properly configured. Enabling use of the 'Fn' and 'Eject' keys will require customization using a generic HID driver. [ [http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/topic23072.html AutoHotkey] lexikos HID sample script] Enabling the multimedia keys and remapping keys, such as assigning 'Del' to the 'Eject' key is also possible.

See also

* Apple Wireless Mouse
* Apple Keyboard

References

External links

* [http://www.apple.com/keyboard/ Wireless Keyboard on Apple.com]


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