Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse - Confirmed

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    Panther seems to hold the secrets of an upcoming Apple Wireless Mouse and Apple Wireless Keyboard.

    As noted, the most recent Panther builds contain the previously hidden Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse control panel. Some users speculated that this addition to Panther may signal the support of an Apple-branded bluetooth keyboard and mouse, while others felt it may simply be support for third party peripherals.

    However -- if you attempt to use the new Panther build's Bluetooth keyboard and mouse functionality, you are given these error messages:

    Screenshots available at Chaosmint.com.
     
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    IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!

    I hope they're nice, too!
     
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    If its not a two button mouse with scroll, I'll go insane. C'mon apple, get with the 21st century.
     
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    very cool, i'm glad I have a computer with bluetooth now :)
     
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    If it's not a 2-button mouse I may not purchase it (even if it matches the G5 tower's aluminum).
     
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    Ooh!

    Now we need to find out what kind of powering/docking system Apple has up their sleeve. Maybe something combined?

    Very exciting.

    S
     
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    Yes yes yes yes!!!

    I have been wanting Apple to release a new mouse for so long! I hope it comes out soon because I will buy it as soon as it is out.
     
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    I'm sure it'll be an option at additional cost.
     
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    I knew it

    It had to happend. Hope they found a good way for long battery life.

    Imagine working and then you only have ten minutes left before you keyboard dies.

    They need to have a cable anyways
     
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    Wow! I wonder if these will match the G5/iSight stylings (meshed aluminum). I suppose the bigger question is when will Apple announce these accessories?

    I hope they're nice looking, a set of smooth, Apple wireless accessories would look great on my desk...
     
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    Knowing Apple, this is going to be expensive. I'll stick with my keyboard and mouse thanks.
     
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    Awesome...can't wait to see what it looks like.
     
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    If your PowerMac is capable of having an internal bluetooth module (I have non OS 9 bootable Dual 1.25 with Firewire 800), but you don't have the module, is there any way to install one, or do you have to get a USB gizmo to use this?
     
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    I was about to do the same, but then I heard the rumors of new Apple peripherals, so I held off. Maybe you could return your MX700?

    Or maybe you wouldn't want to. I doubt this new Apple mouse is going to have 8 buttons like the MX 700.
     
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    this should be really sweet!!


    good eye person who found it!

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    Not sure if this is already known but...

    The Mouse and Keyboard have been off the Apple Hardware site for a while now, but their links lead to the Apple Store.

    Apple Keyboard
    Apple Mouse

    Not that it means anything, it is just a bit interesting.
     
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    I was surprised no one was catching on to that. This is certainly interesting... but I'm afraid the price is going to be a little too steep.

    edit: Okay... and now your post is gone... ??



    irmongoose
     
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    Arn's post IS gone. I never saw it.

    About the switch, though: Isn't it possible that the switch simply turns "discoverability" on and off, so that you don't waste battery power being discoverable if you're not going to be using your keyboard for a while?
     
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    Now if only Apple would make an ergonomic keyboard. I have mild carpal tunnel syndrome and have been using Microsoft Natural Keyboards for years now.

    Another feature I'd like to see is the ability to switch the keyboard and mouse on-the-fly between different Bluetooth-enabled computers, including Windows boxes. Not sure how possible that is though.
     
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    DO NOT RETURN IT!

    The mx700 will be a MUCH better mouse than this apple wireless mouse, pending the apple mouse operates over bluetooth. The radio technology that logitech uses in the mx700 is much faster than bluetooth, resulting in hardly no noticeable lag. If people try telling you otherwise, they don't know what they're talking, and have never done any real gaming with a bluetooth mouse.
     
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    yeah - I realized it may simply be a power switch.

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    It doesn't sound like it will have a dock.

    More like you just plug-in a firewire cable when your mouse or keyboard is running alittle low on power then you could just use is as normal mouse until your back to full power.

    Could help bring down the price as well because there will be no need for a dock.
     
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    Well I have to say I do like the MX! My only gripe is that it's not as configurable as the wired MS explorer I was using before. With that you can assign buttons to different functions for _each app_. The MX allows you to change the button functionality but it remains the same for all apps. The reason I didn't go for the MS wireless was I'd heard really really bad things about battery life so that was a definite no go.

    I'm gonna wait and see. If the apple stuff looks good and has the functionality I want then I'll get it any way and use the MX somewhere else.

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