Apple wireless keyboard PPC support?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by GetToDaChopa, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. GetToDaChopa macrumors member

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    Does anyone use the new wireless apple keyboard (the rechargeable one) with their PPC Mac? does it work ok? Mainly i want to know if it will work with Mac os Tiger and if all the function keys work appropriately.
     
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    I think it's gonna work. But maybe not. I do know one thing for sure, though: the function keys won't work properly.
     
  3. GetToDaChopa thread starter macrumors member

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    hmm so not much better than what i have now...

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    The official product page specifies "Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer with OS X v10.11 or later" so I'd say it probably won't work (at least properly!)
     
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    They also said the 2011 model requires 10.5.8 or newer. But turns out it works fine with 10.4. Can't check battery level though (either in 10.5.8 or 10.4.11). I think that's because of the generic Bluetooth dongle I use.
     
  6. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    It'll probably work. The keyboards don't have any ground breaking technology in them that makes them incompatible with older Macs. Maybe no battery indication, but it should just work fine, function keys included.
     
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    I seem to recall there being a bluetooth version of the white/acrylic base KB. There were also BT versions of both the older Pro mouse(I have one) and the Mighty Mouse(although the Magic Mouse is Leopard compatible).

    The wireless keyboards are out there for a lot of later PPC systems-you just can't walk into the Apple store and get them.
     
  8. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    They said my wired keyboard needed 10.6.8 or later, but the keyboard worked on 10.5 and 10.4. The function keys just didn't work properly. The letter and number keys worked just fine.
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    That's really nice.
    When we say function keys, I think we mean like the volume controls or the Mission Control key. They will work as F1, F2, F3, etc. just fine.
     
  9. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    those are media keys. Function keys are literally F1, F2, F3, and those should work. Those are coded as universal, if I'm not mistaken, to conform to standards.
     
  10. GetToDaChopa thread starter macrumors member

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    yes when i wrote function keys i meant the volume and stuff. I dont think anyone who has an apple computer actually wants the actual F1 F2... keys
     
  11. Daniël Oosterhuis macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. A Mac keyboard can control those things on a PC, and a PC keyboard can do so on a Mac. The eject button is Mac only, but universal across all Mac keyboards. The only thing that might not work are the Dashboard/Spaces/Mission Control buttons, but I think it could still be configured in the system settings of OS X Tiger and Leopard as shortcuts.
     
  12. Goftrey macrumors 68000

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    Just connected my Magic Keyboard to my PowerBook. Works perfectly (minus the control-mapped function keys as others have mentioned).
     
  13. GetToDaChopa thread starter macrumors member

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    does the eject work?
     
  14. Goftrey macrumors 68000

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    Yep.
     
  15. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    I'm pretty sure the keyboard will work. You just won't get what @128keaton calls the "media keys". The eject button should work fine.
    Keep in mind @GetToDaChopa is running Tiger and you might be running Leopard. Probably doesn't mean anything, just thought I'd point it out.
     
  16. Goftrey macrumors 68000

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    Fair point. I'll give it a go with the eMac tomorrow and see whether they play nice.
     

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