Use the Apple Wireless Keyboard on your desk, on your lap, or anywhere within 30 feet of your Mac or iPad — all because of its built-in Bluetooth technology. Its compact design takes up 24 percent less space on your desktop than full-size keyboards, so you have extra room to move the keyboard around and mouse comfortably alongside of it. You’ll also feel a difference when you type on its low-profile anodized aluminum enclosure with crisp, responsive keys. Use the function keys for one-touch access to a variety of Mac features such as screen brightness, volume, eject, play/pause, Mission Control, and Launchpad.
The Apple Wireless Keyboard requires just two AA batteries — one less than the previous model. And its intelligent power management system conserves battery life. So when you’re not using the keyboard, it automatically powers down. The instant you start typing, it turns back on. Use the on/off switch when you're away from your computer for a long time.
What's in the Box?
- Apple Wireless Keyboard
- Two AA batteries
- Printed documentation
- Mac OS X v.10.6.8 or later
- Existing keyboard and mouse for initial set up
- iPad; Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer
- Aluminum Keyboard Software Update 2.0
- Some function keys designed for use on the Mac will not work on iPad
Ratings & Reviews
Best keyboard I have used.
I can type on this keyboard faster and with fewer mistakes than any other I have used. I used to think the keyboard in my old Pow erbook G4 was the best I had used, until this was released. The response is great and keys are springy and always register a click. I like this keyboard so much that I bought one for work, with my own money, rather than use the cheap office one.
The battery life is great and a huge improvement over the first wireless keyboard. I think I change the batteries after four months and that is will daily use and I use it a lot, but can't remember it's so infrequent.
It's great at a desk and now I use it on the couch on my lap, with the Mac Mini connected to my TV. Same size keys as a regular keyboard, but small enough to tuck into the end of the coffee-table when not in use. Love that it goes into a stand-by/sleep mode and I never need to turn it off. Just stop using it and then tuck it away. No delay or waiting for it to re-connect when I come back to use it hours or a day later. If only there was a model with a touchpad (hint, hint). …
- Written by Warren B from Toronto
4630 of 5469 people found this useful
Heavy user. Sysadmin. High praise.
Having both a Macbook air and this wireless keyboard is a treat. The wireless keyboard (as well as the wired keyboard) have virtua lly the same layout, save the function button, smaller control and alt keys, and small arrow-pad. This means that as I move from laptop-keyboard to wireless-keyboard, I do not have to adjust my typing habits to compensate for altered ergonomics.
The tactile response of the keys is noticeable yet not wearisome.
Bluetooth distance has never been a problem for me even paired with an tower outfitted with an external USB bluetooth dongle.
I am a daily user and have replaced the batteries in my laptop twice in about 7 months.
No gripes here. …
- Written by Evan B from San Francisco
3437 of 4111 people found this useful
Great improvement on a great keyboard
There are only two problems with the older version of this keyboard:
1) it required three batteries which was a pain.
2) it's so perfect that it spoils you and quickly makes you not like other keyboards including the full size keyboard with the function keys so far away from typing position. …
- Written by Joshua B from Star
3342 of 4113 people found this useful
Oh, how there's a balance…
The balance of the brand, design and just how awesome this keyboard is keeps me from chucking it out the window. It's great, it's low profile, and it's made by Apple; what more could I want? Backlighting and a wireless version of the keyboard with numerical keypad, in one. That's why I gave it a rating of four stars, it's great, but it could be better. …
- Written by James C from Kayenta
2 of 2 people found this useful
Fantastic! I have three of them!
I originally bought one for my MacBook Pro at work, which usually sits on a stand at work. The size is identical to the laptop and every other "standard" keyboard. Since I don't need a numeric keypad, I don't really miss this not being included. I found that I soon needed one at home as well, because I didn't like using the older USB model once I moved my MacBook to a stand with a new home monitor. Now that I've gone away from MacBooks and am using an iMac/iPad full time, I got another BT keyboard with the iMac, and started using one of the older ones with the Incase Origami Keyboard for my iPad's traveling companion. Those who complain of using batteries rapidly or other connection issues, don't forget that you can turn the keyboard off by holding the power button for 4 seconds (until the green light goes out) and it won't start up in your bag accidentally. Fantastic little typer - don't leave home without it! …
- Written by Smythe R from Cary
2 of 2 people found this useful
This goes for both the wireless and the wired keyboard with number pad.
It doesn't matter how shiny, streamlined and flashy you make it. I don't care if it weighs less than a fly's wing and you can stuff it in the smallest bag you can find for easy portability...Mac Keyboards are not ergonomic. If, like me, you spend a considerable amount of time typing, then these are the worst keyboards ever made.
Why can't they make something that will not hurt you in the long run? …
- Written by Diana Q from Eagle River
6 of 8 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Joanne G
- Oct 30, 2012
Yes, you can use a wireless keyboard like the small wireless Apple keyboard on the iPad mini there i s no difference to the iPad, it is the same iOS and same design ideas. You can talk to a Apple person at the shop and can give you more info. …
- Answered by Michael P from Newcastle
- Nov 1, 2012
Are Apple keyboards, with only a delete key, less efficient in making deletions than conventional keyboards with both a backspace and a delete key?
- Asked by Robert J from Granger
- Feb 29, 2012
The short answer is yes, but as with any other kind of switch, it takes a little getting used to.
As we may already know, the Apple-style delete removes characters backwards, akin to PC's backspace. However, if you hold down the fn key on an Apple keyboard while you press the delete key, it removes characters forward, akin to the PC delete that we all know.
I'm not sure if an Apple keyboard implements a PC keyboard's Insert, but then again to me it really doesn't matter, since I never use that key anyway.
Other useful PC-to-Apple keyboard translations:
Home on PC => fn + left arrow on Apple
End on PC => fn + right arrow on Apple
Page Up on PC => fn + up arrow on Apple
Page Down on PC => fn + down arrow on Apple
Windows Key on PC => Cmd Key on Apple (in Windows only)
Naturally, all of these keystrokes on the Apple keyboard can be combined with Shift, Ctrl/Cmd, and/or Alt as necessary, so for example, Ctrl+Alt+Del on PC would translate to Ctrl+Alt+fn+Del to get the same effect using an Apple keyboard.
I have not yet found a translation on an Apple keyboard for PC keyboard's Print Screen key, which is useful for capturing screenshots quickly. Does anyone here know how to send such a code with an Apple keyboard, assuming it can actually do that? …
- Answered by George H from Dayton
- Sep 6, 2012
Of course u can use this wireless keyboard on iPad u just need a bluetooth
- Answered by Roger Fredrick D from Malolos,bulacan
- May 18, 2013
- Asked by Rickey L
- May 31, 2013
I've got an iPhone5 but no Mac - is it possible to connect the Wireless Keyboard by Bluetooth directly with the iPhone5 ?
- Asked by Johanna Maria L
- May 18, 2013
Yes it's defiantly possible. Just follow these steps:
1. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your i Phone; this may seem obvious.
2. You’ll see the ‘Now Discover-able’ notice.
3. Push and hold down the pairing button on your keyboard; on the Apple keyboard, this is the round flush button on the right-hand side of the keyboard’s round base, and you’ll want to be holding down the Fn key while you hold the round flush button.
4. Hold down the button on the device until it changes to pairing mode; this is usually apparent when the status light changes its flashing pattern (the Apple keyboard does two quick flashes, then a brief pause, then repeats).
5. Watch the screen of your iPhone: initially it will say that it has detected a ‘Keyboard’ whose status is not paired.
6. Keep the button held down long enough, and the iPhone will pull the identifier from the device and this information will be displayed in the list.
7. Tap the name of the new device you’d like to pair. After a few seconds, you’ll get a screen saying that the keyboard would like to pair with your iPhone. Type the number the iPhone gives you on the keyboard, then press Enter.
8. The status screen will now say that your keyboard is connected.
Note that your iPhone and keyboard will remain paired as long as you leave Bluetooth on. This may be useful because you can enter your pin code off your keyboard when the unit is locked. …
- Answered by Brodyn W from Perth
- May 22, 2013