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macrumors regular
Original poster
Jan 13, 2008
I read that if its plugged into a computer it will "pair" via bluetooth with that computer. The thing is I want it to be wired. Bluetooth can be inconsistent, especially on my old mac. I'd like to just leave it plugged in always. Will it use the cable as the connection if I do this?

And yes I already have the wired keyboard with the numerical keypad. The problem is that using a mouse with that keyboard causes your arm to stick to far out and over years causes incredible arm pain. I often use a left handed mouse to combat this. I would like to get the one without the numerical pad so that I can switch hands.


macrumors regular
Feb 24, 2006
If the magic keyboard keep connecting via lightning cable, is it still useable when Bluetooth is disabled? Or have to keep Bluetooth on?


macrumors 65816
Jun 5, 2014
Won't that fact that it's always plugged in ruin the battery over time? Or does it stop charging when it gets to 100%?


macrumors 68030
Oct 28, 2006
Alice, TX
Can it be used this way on an older Mac, like an iMac G4 or PowerMac G5?

I don't have plans to do this but it would be great if this is possible.


May 20, 2015
Can it be used this way on an older Mac, like an iMac G4 or PowerMac G5?

I don't have any of my PowerBooks here. :( I can only test it on an old Intel Mac with Tiger or Leopard. But I have to install one of those before. Could take some time.
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