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Images of Apple Wireless Keyboard With Backlight Keys and Power Button Appear in Online Store [Updated]

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A new Apple wireless keyboard featuring backlight keys and a power button has been spotted on the Apple Online Store in Czech Republic and Hungary, with an identical Arabic version appearing on the U.S. storefront. The graphic render shows controls for adjusting the brightness of the backlight added to the F5 and F6 keys, as found on current MacBook models, while the eject key for CDs has been replaced with a power button.

Apple has not updated the product description for its wireless keyboard to match the new visualization, so it remains to be seen if this was simply a mistake or if the company will quietly refresh the keyboard in the near future. The old Apple Wireless Keyboard with no backlight keys and an eject key is still shown on the Apple Online Store in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries.

The addition of a power button on the keyboard is interesting, given that Macs currently do not detect wireless keyboards until after booting. It could be speculated that the power button is for turning on or off the wireless keyboard itself, but additional photos reveal that the keyboard still has a power button on the side in its traditional spot. As such, the exact functionality of the key remains unknown.

Update Mar 24: Apple has removed images of the new Apple Wireless Keyboard with backlight keys and a power button on the Apple Online Store in Czech Republic and Hungary. Graphic renders of the current Apple Wireless Keyboard with no backlight controls and an eject key are now showing again.

(Thanks, Roman!)

Article Link: Images of Apple Wireless Keyboard With Backlight Keys and Power Button Appear in Online Store [Updated]
 

Jonny1989

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I've been hoping for a wireless backlit keyboard for years. Even to the point of buying MBP keys, thinnest LED lights i could find and an extra keyboard to see if i could make my own. No luck though, the keys were different and couldn't be replaced as easy as I would have liked.
 
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Traverse

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Power button? Interesting.

I'm ready for a refresh for all of Apple's accessories! This would go well with a new ATD!
 
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Lucky736

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The return of the features removed from the G3 iMac Keyboard and before. For some reason always liked having an actual power button on the keyboard. Even worked on newer machines as well. Welcome back!
 
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ephemeralreason

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Rats - just got a new Apple wireless keyboard in November. Eh - I guess 5 months is enough time between upgrades. :)
 
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D.T.

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I've been using a Logitech K800, wireless, backlit KB for several years (even made the migration from PC to Mac). I love it, but I've been keeping an eye out for a replacement.

I don't need a keypad (I think that's probably the majority of users now[?]), but I'd prefer a "tenkeyless" style, i.e., the extra paging and full sized arrows keys.

Big arrow keys.

BIG ONES.

:D
 
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Chupa Chupa

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I'm holding on to my old school wired keyboard with extended number pad and USB ports. Those ports come in handy -- all the ones on my iMac are claimed and my hub is on the floor.

But I wouldn't mind a new wired keyboard with the new key mech. That I would buy.


How about a more ergonomically mouse?

Mice are so 1988. Trackpad + gestures is where its at.
 
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