Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse no design change?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by macjacks, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2012
    The keyboard and mouse that come with the new iMac will be the same as the old ones right?

    I was expecting them to be rechargable and thinner.
  2. macrumors 68000


    Sep 10, 2010
    Los Angeles County
    Yeah they're the same. I was hoping for the same thing, but I'm sure we'll see some slight changes next fall with the 2013 iMacs.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    What do people find is the best method for keeping your Keyboard or Mouse powered, do you use apple's battery charger or are duracel or energizer's rechargeable battery things just as good (and cheaper)?
  4. macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2012
    Eneloops! :)
  5. macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2012
    Definitely Eneloops. Consistent high quality. Duracell and Energizer vary a lot from batch to batch, and a significant percentage of them don't age well. The higher the capacity, the worse they seem to hold up.

    Eneloops don't have quite as much capacity, but the minuscule self-discharge makes up for it in most applications.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2010
    Yeah there was a new Apple patent this year for a new type of key press tech can't seem to find it right now.
  7. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    I leave my Apple Wireless Keyboard on 24/7-365 and NEVER turn it off EVER! been this way with 2 2010 iMacs I've had for over year or so and probably only ever needed to change the batteries maybe once or twice out of a year for the keyboard. I wish the same could be said for my mice. I leave it on 24/7-365 as I do with the keyboard but probably need to change out batteries at least 6 or 8 times out of a year. The batteries I'm using is regular off the shelf Duracels, though sometimes I do use the Pink Bunnies. How long does Eneloop batteries last?


    I honestly don't mind the current design, though I guess thinner could be better? I dunno not too sure. But I know what would be a plus in a new keyboard for the iMacs would be if Apple made it back-lit as they've done with their Notebook line
  8. macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2010
    Wait a minute will I have to get batteries for kbd/mouse doesn't it come with the imac?
  9. macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2012
  10. macrumors demi-god


    May 10, 2010
    I don't think the mouse need to get thinner; if I'm not using the touch pad I prefer a mouse which fits roughly into my hand.
    Keyboard is also ok for me; a but hub is also required to get a good feeling while typing.

    I think Apple should put all design and engineering into the big topics: Mac Pro, Mini Retina, big Apple TV.

    As for the energy: I use always Eneloop; for keyboard, mouse, toys, Canon Flash. Just the best experience.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2012
    Every new iMac I've dealt with included batteries for the keyboard and mouse. Just basic no-name alkaline batteries.
  12. macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2012
    It is already a very beautiful design.:rolleyes:
  13. macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2011
    apple's rechargeable batteries are the same as sanyo's eneloop. apple just rebrands them. go for eneloop if you want quality at a lower price.
  14. macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2012
    SE NH
    I've had my iMac 21.5 for well over a year and it came with the Mighty Mouse and wireless keypad. I tried the trackpad for a brief stint, but found it to be too cumbersome and it seemed to lack real feel control. The mouse I replaced with a wired logitech because there was no way to keep the MM from gulping down batteries unless you were extremely consistent about shutting it off after each use. The wireless keyboard however, continues to be a real trooper and is very efficient with battery consumption. I believe it shuts itself off and has never missed a beat.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Jul 19, 2002
    I was hoping they would add a full keyboard wireless version. I guess I'm old fashioned in that I still use the keypad!
  16. macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2012
    It does becomes better if it is a full keyboard with wireless. However apple just wants everything to be simple.
  17. macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2012
    The Eneloops in the keyboard last well over six months, I change them so infrequently I don't really know. In the Magic Mouse, which I use all day everyday they last four weeks or so. I have a couple of spares charged and ready so it only takes a minute to change them.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
  19. macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2010
    I'd have liked inductive charging and a full wireless keyboard or an integrated magic trackpad keyboard. The Mobee solution just didn't work for me.
  20. macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2012
    I will be tossing these on craigslist as soon as I get them. I much rather perfer a keyboard/mouse with some options for gaming and extreme computing tasks(mostly gaming lol).
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    I figured they'd make it even thinner... now the iMac (on the edges) is just about as thin as the keyboard... maybe a laser keyboard should project out of the apple logo onto the desk and integrate a leap motion sensor in the front of the stand in place of the mouse (actually I hope they never do anything like that).
  22. macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2012
    Those are the Eneloops that I use.

    I don't know if the charger is good or bad. The best chargers charge each battery independently. If they only charge pairs of batteries, the weaker battery tends to be overcharged a bit each time, which makes it progressively worse each time.
  23. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2012
    I was joking about being thinner, but definitely would like it to be rechargeable.

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