Was Apple first to make 'isolated keys' keyboard?

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  1. macdaddy5 macrumors newbie

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    10 years ago, almost all keyboards had keys that touched each other, like this keyboard:
    http://www.englishforum.ch/attachments/sale-wanted/8846d1253042047-wanted-mac-keyboard-not-flat-old-style-mac-old-keyboard-02-.jpg note: nothing is separating the keys except air

    Apple and several other hardware manufacturers have been making keyboards where none of the keys touch each other but instead have a small plastic or metal separator isolating them. Here are some examples:
    http://fplanque.com/media/dev/2009/apple-qwerty.jpg?mtime=1245445405
    http://www.samsung.com/us/system/consumer/accessory/vg/kb/d1/vgkbd1500za/KBD1500_ZA_Back_PSD__1.jpg
    http://www.dvice.com/sites/dvice/files/styles/blog_post_media/public/images/Automated-typewriter.jpg note: this is a FAKE typewriter, keyword "Guberman typewriter"

    Does this have a name?
    Was Apple the first to start doing this? If not, who did it before Apple?
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3

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    Chicklet keys.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiclet_keyboard

    From the Wikipedia article it looks like the idea has been around for a while.
     
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  4. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000

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    Apple may not have been first, but they were the first to implement that style on a super popular product when the MacBook was released in the spring of 2006.

    Man I loved my all black MacBook. If they come out with a black aluminum rMBP at some point, I'll have to get it.:D:apple:
     

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