Difference between wireless keyboards that require 2 and 3 batteries?

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  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone know if there are any differences between the Apple wireless keyboards that require 2 batteries and the ones that require 3? I have a couple extras and am just trying to figure out which to get rid of.

    Thanks.
     
  2. hfg macrumors 68040

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    The original wireless keyboard required 3 batteries. The newer ones only use 2.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Actually, Apple's first wireless keyboard (2003) required 4 batteries.

    The 3-battery was a complete redesign in 2007, then followed in 2009 with a small change. 2-battery model is the newest, and requires a minimum OS X 10.5.8
    And, a slight update in 2011 changes the Dashboard key to a Launchpad key.
    So, I suppose you could look for that difference, if you want to only keep the latest model.
    Other differences? Captain Obvious says "3 batteries cost more to replace than 2 batteries (assuming the same battery life)"
     
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  5. hfg macrumors 68040

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    Was the first wireless keyboard (4 battery) the one with full-stroke keys, numeric pad, and a somewhat transparent plastic construction as opposed to the current aluminum design?

    I assume that a more efficient design (lower voltage, lower current) prompted the move from 3 to 2 batteries to obtain the same battery life ... thus having 3 batteries probably doesn't make for extended run time.

    I would keep the latest models you have as well.
     
  6. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Yes
     

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