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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:

"If you are using an Apple Wireless Mouse, slide the cover on the bottom of the mouse to expose the LED"

"If you are using an Apple Wireless Keyboard, move the switch on the back of the keyboard towards the LED"

Screenshots available at Chaosmint.com.
 

tazznb

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Jul 22, 2002
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Originally posted by MoparShaha
If its not a two button mouse with scroll, I'll go insane. C'mon apple, get with the 21st century.

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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slightly

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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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Niknar

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Feb 8, 2003
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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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MacManDan

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Apr 11, 2003
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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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Delenn

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Dec 18, 2001
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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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Freg3000

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Sep 22, 2002
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Originally posted by esheep2001
And I just bought an MX700

Doh!

e.

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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irmongoose

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Originally posted by arn
Note:

Keyboard has an LED Switch.... meaning it's likely a Hybrid keyboard.

both Bluetooth and wired.

arn

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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moosecat

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Jul 17, 2002
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Originally posted by irmongoose
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

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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JetsonJams

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Aug 21, 2003
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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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GetSome681

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Feb 2, 2002
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Originally posted by esheep2001
And I just bought an MX700

Doh!

e.

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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arn

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Originally posted by irmongoose
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... ??


yeah - I realized it may simply be a power switch.

arn
 
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Niknar

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Feb 8, 2003
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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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esheep2001

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Jul 22, 2002
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Originally posted by Freg3000
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.

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.

e.
 
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