Apple keyboard - can we expect new ones soon?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jon08, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. jon08 macrumors 65816

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    I'm currently deciding whether I should get an USB or Bluetooth Apple keyboard for my MBP (since I'll be getting a laptop stand for it).

    Now I do like the numeric keyboard the wired option offers, but I could eventually do without it just well - just like I did on my MBP. So if I were to go with the more expensive one (the bluetooth one), will it be worth it? Or has Apple announced any improved/new keyboards coming out in the near future?

    The reason why I'm asking this is because I'll be going to study abroad about 6 months from now and won't be able to take my keyboard with me, so it will basically "stagnate" at home... :p And then when I get back from a semester of study abroad, I'd hate to see that a lot better and improved Apple keyboards have been released...
     
  2. janstett macrumors 65816

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    The current bluetooth keyboard basically is the same as the keys on the Air and Unibodies... Here's a cool thought, I wish the keyboard in the Unibodies unplugged and became a bluetooth keyboard. I think Toshiba actually did this a few years ago in a 17" or 19" laptop.

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    I actually just pulled my old full-size bluetooth Apple keyboard out of storage and started using that
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    I think I'm going back to full-style clicky keyboards and pulling my IBM Model M's out of storage ;) I discovered a technique of greasing the key caps that makes them 80% quieter and there's nothing like the typing feel and responsiveness.

    I don't see Apple coming out with another keyboard any time soon -- especially since they're emphasizing form (sleekness) over function. Although I do think there was a rumor of a full-size keyboard with a trackpad instead of a numpad, so desktop users can get all this great new multitouch technology. I guess I could see that, desktop Mac users are missing out on that great laptop feature.

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    I don't want to complain too much about the current Apple keyboards as they are pretty good, but for comparison I got an IBM M4-1 off of eBay -- I had one of those things in 1994 and I forgot how good the key action is, and it makes me realize we really don't have good keyboards anymore. The M4-1 is basically the old thinkpad keyboards, and man they had great key action, probably the best ever on a laptop.

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  3. jon08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for your input. The keyboard with touchpad seems really innovative and pretty cool, though I believe there will still be a lot more users who prefer to use mouse to touchpad...
     
  4. Shaun.P macrumors 68000

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    What a lovely post, very informative. Thank you.
     
  5. MistaBungle macrumors 6502a

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    I visited my aunt recently and she has the previous bluetooth keyboard and it is amazing. I'm definitely going to try and find one on eBay to use, I simply fell in love with it.
     
  6. jon08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Are there any rumors when keyboards will be updated tho? This year? Or next year?
     
  7. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    I use that at work (using it right now actually), and I HATE it. They keys require lots of force in comparison to the new keyboards.
     
  8. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    I Would love if this happened, some kind of screen so it could switch function too, between blank trackpad, numpad, and anything else really :p
     
  9. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

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    Because of multitouch and gestures, I prefer a trackpad over a mouse now (for general use).
     
  10. adamfishercox macrumors 6502

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    They likely won't update the keyboards until they move past the aluminum design aesthic in their Macs. And that's likely not for a couple more revisions.
     

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