Magic Mouse and Keyboard Needed For Setup?

blairh

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Just purchase an iMac. During setup it told me to power on the magic keyboard and magic mouse. I did, and set up my iMac.

I'd like to sell both now (magic keyboard and magic mouse). I have a wired Apple keyboard that I prefer and also a magic trackpad. If I ever need to setup this iMac again can I do so with those instead? Will I need to unpair the trackpad to my iMac before setting up my iMac again? Because during my iMac setup I tried to use my magic trackpad that I was using with my Mac Mini previous and it wouldn't connect.
 

HDFan

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I had some issues with my new iMac Pro and had to use a number of the boot options (safe boot, single user, NVRam reset) which required a keyboard press on boot. Turns out keys on the wireless keyboard shipped with the system didn't seem to register so I had to use an older wired keyboard. You should be OK just having a wired keyboard.

Because during my iMac setup I tried to use my magic trackpad that I was using with my Mac Mini previous and it wouldn't connect.
As for the trackpad didn't try it. If the trackpad hadn't yet been paired with your iMac then sounds logical that it didn't work.

I use a Logitech wireless mouse. After the reboots it seemed to work just fine.
 

blairh

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I had some issues with my new iMac Pro and had to use a number of the boot options (safe boot, single user, NVRam reset) which required a keyboard press on boot. Turns out keys on the wireless keyboard shipped with the system didn't seem to register so I had to use an older wired keyboard. You should be OK just having a wired keyboard.



As for the trackpad didn't try it. If the trackpad hadn't yet been paired with your iMac then sounds logical that it didn't work.

I use a Logitech wireless mouse. After the reboots it seemed to work just fine.
Here is my confusion. You can buy the iMac from Apple with a magic trackpad instead of mouse. So if that's the case it must be able to be used to set up a new iMac. Why didn't it connect with my trackpad? Because it was tied to my Mac Mini?

Also when you set up your iMac Pro did you use your Logitech wireless mouse?
 

HDFan

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Why didn't it connect with my trackpad?
Can't answer that question, and can't test as my iMac is already set up. Yes, I used my Logitech mouse during setup. Didn't really pay attention - setup was smooth.

Since you have a new machine, why not call Apple Support? They should be able to give you an answer. I use them a lot (probably spent 5+ hours on the phone with senior analysts last week trying to resolve various issues) and they generally are very helpful.
 

blairh

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Can't answer that question, and can't test as my iMac is already set up. Yes, I used my Logitech mouse during setup. Didn't really pay attention - setup was smooth.

Since you have a new machine, why not call Apple Support? They should be able to give you an answer. I use them a lot (probably spent 5+ hours on the phone with senior analysts last week trying to resolve various issues) and they generally are very helpful.
Well it's not a huge deal because the chance I'll need to set it up again is unlikely anytime soon. And if I did, I can always use a cheap wired mouse and keyboard if absolutely necessary during setup.
 

Fishrrman

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You can use ANY keyboard you want (I prefer wired), and ANY mouse you want.
They don't have to be "Apple".

In fact I prefer NON-Apple keyboards and mice on ALL my Macs.
I haven't used an Apple keyboard or mouse regularly in 20+ years.
 
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