New Magic Keyboard Numeric Keypad not working with El Capitan

macpbr98

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Mar 21, 2008
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I'm on MacOS 10.11.6 (latest available update for El Capitan) because some of my apps don't work with Sierra.

Got the new Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. Function keys are not working as marked (brightness, volume, etc.).

I know instructions say need MacOS 10.12.4 or later. But I have the Magic Keyboard without keypad and it works perfectly - including function keys. Don't understand why I can't use all the functions just because I'm on El Capitan.

Also, it did not auto-configure via lightning USB. Smaller magic keyboard auto-configured perfectly too.

Anybody have any fixes for making function keys work with MacOS El Capitan? (Google searches reveal others have this issue too but no fixes even after calling AppleCare.)

Thanks in advance.
 
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chrfr

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Jul 11, 2009
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I'm on MacOS 10.11.6 (latest available update for El Capitan) because some of my apps don't work with Sierra.

Got the new Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. Function keys are not working as marked (brightness, volume, etc.).

I know instructions say need MacOS 10.12.4 or later. But I have the Magic Keyboard without keypad and it works perfectly - including function keys. Don't understand why I can't use all the functions just because I'm on El Capitan.

Also, it did not auto-configure via lightning USB. Smaller magic keyboard auto-configured perfectly too.

Anybody have any fixes for making function keys work with MacOS El Capitan? (Google searches reveal others have this issue too but no fixes even after calling AppleCare.)

Thanks in advance.
You'll need to use Sierra. Note that the system requirements for the new wireless keyboard are different than for the old one. Apple hasn't, and won't, put drivers for the new keyboard into 10.11.6.
 

fhall1

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You'll need to use Sierra. Note that the system requirements for the new wireless keyboard are different than for the old one. Apple hasn't, and won't, put drivers for the new keyboard into 10.11.6.
THAT is super eff'd up on Apple's part. I'll bet it would take very little effort to include those drivers in 10.11.6
 

macpbr98

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Mar 21, 2008
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THAT is super eff'd up on Apple's part. I'll bet it would take very little effort to include those drivers in 10.11.6
Yes, very annoyed with Apple to say the least. No reason for regular magic keyboard to work perfectly but not the one with keypad.
 

Porkchop Sandwich

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Feb 3, 2017
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Can't comment on the keyboard but, I learned the hard way that trackpad 2 will not work in Yosemite. Annoying for me because I need Yosemite on a partition to run a legacy program.
 

matreya

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Nov 14, 2009
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Yes, very annoyed with Apple to say the least. No reason for regular magic keyboard to work perfectly but not the one with keypad.
Obviously there is a reason, or else it would work in El Crapitan.
 

AppleSmack

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Jun 30, 2010
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The extended Magic keyboard needs Sierra minimum.

Try Better Touch Tool… you can configure any key press to perform a certain function, even system functions.
I use it myself for this purpose.
Other people might use Karabiner, though I have no experience myself of this.
 

realitydcf

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Dec 9, 2014
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How difficult is it to make and keep a KEYBOARD working with an OS? I can't even pair my Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad through bluetooth on my el-capitan mac Pro. I have to keep it connected via lightning cable. Can't someone help with a driver? Has anyone else been able to pair at least? Has there been any luck with Better Touch Tool?

Thanks.

Dave
 

Night_Sailor

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Jun 12, 2017
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I have the latest trackpad working and it will scroll if you have El Capitan and the bluetooth 4.0/wifi-ac board installed. I am disgusted in this keyboard not working with the function keys. i play music all the time and it is a nuissance to not have that. Plus the keyboard is crapping out on me. I'll never buy another keyboard from Apple. You would think they would make them compatible with their own products. Vigorous gestures to Apple. I wont be buying the new Mac Pro for reasons like this. Tired of being f'd over by Apple.
 
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