Any reason there isn't a wireless full keybaord?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by onthecouchagain, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. onthecouchagain macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    Any reason Apple can't make a full wireless keyboard, with the numpad and delete keys, and whatnot?
  2. BullittMustang macrumors 6502a

    Mar 27, 2008
    I Agree where is it!
    I bought the usb wired Apple Keyboard with the numerical keypad. It's great, it is just what i wanted except for the wire. I am fine with it now, and you have two extra usb ports in the sides of keyboard, so I like it.
    Definitely recommend it.
  3. iSayuSay macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    I certainly hope there is one. But I think Apple loves going small with their peripherals (yeah a 27" iMac aint exactly small, but it is actually a "small" desktop compared to regular PC tower or MacPro :p)

    And in the near future, I can't foresee if Apple going to produce wireless keyboard with numpad. They just sell less and less Mac desktop nowadays :(
  4. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    Full wireless keyboard would really be nice as many of us need those extra functions.
    Meanwhile if you need it you can use apples wireless keyboard together with the wireless number pad Apple sells and get the magic wand to put them together into one.
  5. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
    Agree. Apple is always care about the look :D
    The one without the number pad is definitely cooler and simple :)
  6. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    That Is A

    Very good question, one which I am going to put to my friend at Apple. I remember when I bought my iMac, the option was usb with numeric, wireless without.

    I can see no reason why a full size keyboard could not be produced. I need the numeric keypad or would have opted for the wireless version.

    Watch this space....I will email her now:)
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  8. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Still Doesn't Explain

    Why Apple don't produce one themselves. It could be a cost issue, and yes third party options do exist, but the crop mark offering has a nasty habit of moving out of reach.

    I've emailed my Apple friend she should know. I for one would buy one if I could find an acceptable offering.
  9. VulchR macrumors 68020


    Jun 8, 2009
    I'd certainly buy a full wireless keyboard. I'm not quite sure why it's not an option. I really miss forward delete and page buttons....
  10. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Just Had This

    Back from my friend at Apple, so if anyone feels strongly enough about it, post a suggestion to the web site in the email:

    (I will be)

    Hi Jeff,

    Great question! I am not aware of a technical reason why there isn't a wireless numeric keyboard. I wish I had a more specific answer for you. We do welcome your (and your forum friends') feedback however, and this can be submitted at
  11. jljue macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Brandon, MS
    I also miss the extra buttons when using the wireless keyboard or my MBP keyboard, but aster a few seconds of needing one of them, I realize which keyboard that I am on and remember the key combos. I do have the full Apple USB keyboard at my desk when I need the big monitor, though.
  12. CtotheP macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2011
    Whitefish Bay, WI
    I suggest getting one of the new Logitech Solar-powered Mac keyboards! I realize it's not Bluetooth, but wireless with full num-pad:

    Logitech Solar Keyboard
  13. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    Very few people use the keypad and Apple likes small and simple.
  14. bungiefan89 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2011
    Things to consider:

    How well balanced would this larger wireless keyboard be if it rests on the lap with the same number of batteries currently in use? And how much money would Apple have to throw at their R&D department in order to come up with such a device?

    Why throw R&D money at such a device when the company is already working on exactly such a peripheral, except one with a backlit keyboard, along with a corded cousin?

    If the primary purpose of making a device wireless is to make it portable, why would one hinder the portability of such a device with the added bulk of an additional 27+ square inches of space and 30+ additional keys?

    Why develop such a device when there's plenty of 3rd party keyboards that have a number pad and are wireless?

    Why spend the effort developing a fancier wireless keyboard when you can just develop yet another iPad and make billions and billions of moneys on that instead.

    I'm not saying a wireless keyboard with the delete key and the number pad would be a bad idea, but Apple does have some reasons why they wouldn't develop such a thing. Or who knows, maybe this is just another screw-up like the hockey-puck mouse. :rolleyes:

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