1st Gen. Apple BT Keyboard (A1016) bug

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by odyssey924, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. odyssey924 macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2006
    Hey guys,

    Thought I'd pass on this bug that was discovered by (Bob) from the Apple discussion forums. I have been having trouble trying to get my original Apple BT keyboard to pair with the iPad and it appears to be a software glitch.

    From (Bob):
    So, if you have an A1016 Keyboard you're trying to use, don't waste $70 on a new one; this could be a simple software fix. I already submitted a bug report on the iPad feedback page.
  2. jaw04005 macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    I have a feeling it’s not a bug.

    There’s no doubt the first generation Apple BT keyboard uses an older version of Bluetooth spec, while the new one uses a later spec. It’s quite plausible (and extremely likely) the iPad requires a device with a newer profile.
  3. TxMacAddict macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2008
    Are you referring to the 1st aluminum bt keyboard or the plastic one before that?
  4. Whorehay macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2008
    He's referring to the plastic one, since I am typing this message from the 1st aluminum keyboard ;)
  5. odyssey924 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2006
    I think it is a bug. I can use a Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard that is even older than the plastic Apple one, so I would think any Bluetooth keyboard should work fine, unless Apple is just being greedy and not letting their older keyboards work the way they should because they want you to buy a new one.
  6. chakraj macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2008
    So Cal
    my thinkoutside stow away bluetooth keyboard will be awsome with my new ipad :) When it arrives :(
  7. finnschi macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    This bug has an easy fix, you first need the keyboard to totaly forgett the old mac then it should work ( Tried it yesterday and it worked for me)
  8. Romanesq macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2003
    old big apple white keyboard

    Most definitely a bug. I've had a white apple keyboard paired to a mac mini and a macbook pro. Went in and removed both bluetooth from each. Even went in and removed other devices unknown from the list.

    Nothing worked. Tried to even film the brief numbers that come up and enter but they change each time and no luck there either with entering.

    It's a bug and Apple needs to come up with a solution. The old apple white keyboards work with everything and the iPad doesn't allow the connecting numbers to stay on the screen so you can enter the data and connect.

    Oddly, even though disconnected from both other machines, the keyboard still comes up as under my name. Thought it would show as just a keyboard but it shows the name with keyboard.

    If Apple doesn't fix it, will probably get a third party folding keyboard like the old Palm type. No use in rewarding the guilty here. :p
  9. papatekus macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2011
    How to pair ipad and First Generation Bluetooth Keyboard

    You can use iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard for wireless typing, or Bluetooth headphones for wireless listening.
    Pairing Bluetooth Devices
    You must first pair the keyboard or headphones with iPad before you can use them.
    Pair a Bluetooth device with iPad:
    Follow the instructions that came with the keyboard or headphones to make it discoverable.
    In Settings, choose General > Bluetooth, and turn Bluetooth on.
    Select the keyboard or headphones and if prompted, enter the passkey or PIN number. See the instructions about the passkey or PIN that came with your keyboard or headphones.
  10. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I've used my metal Apple keyboard w/o issue; so it might be just the plastic BT keyboard; never owned one...:eek:

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