USB 3.0

If I plug this keyboard into a USB 3.0 port on my Mac Mini, will the keyboard's USB ports then support USB 3.0 peripherals (e.g., a powered external hard drive)? (An employee at an Apple store said Yes, but she seemed uncertain.)

  • Asked by David C from Menlo Park
  • 21-Dec-2012
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

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2 Answers from the Community

  • They were correct in the sense that USB 3 devices would work however you will not get USB 3 speeds.

    • Answered by Oliver H
    • 29-Mar-2013
  • Best Answer:

    I suspect the Apple Store employee may be incorrect.

    Per product description, the Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad features an extended layout; an elegant, ultrathin anodized aluminum enclosure; low-profile keys; and two USB 2.0 ports.

    I don't see how a USB 2.0 port can serve as a USB 3.0 connection between the Mac Mini and the external device.

    Use your favorite search engine regarding: apple keyboard usb 3 connection. You will see some recent discussions on this topic.

    • Answered by Michael Y from Edmond
    • 22-Dec-2012