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
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 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 Powerbook 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
5928 of 6957 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 Having both a Macbook air and this wireless keyboard is a treat. The wireless keyboard (as well as the wired keyboard) have virtually 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
4364 of 5221 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 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
4222 of 5190 people found this useful
The best looking worst keyboard you'll ever buy.
I am a writer and a programmer, so my keyboards see extensive use. I've spent a year with this keyboard, and here's what I have de I am a writer and a programmer, so my keyboards see extensive use. I've spent a year with this keyboard, and here's what I have determined:
- It is very pretty.
- If you're inspecting the keys at the QA stage of production and only pressing one key at a time, each key will feel crisp and neat.
- This keyboard literally falls apart under constant use. The keys rip off one-by-one as you type. I'd estimate the first key broke for me after some 10,000 words worth of typing. As each key came off, it has become clear the fasteners are simply too weak to handle any substantial use.
- The keys have very little travel, which causes repetitive stress and pain after typing for long durations. Few things are more frustrating than being forced to stop working because your fingers hurt.
- The design lacks any tactile signals of where your fingers are resting. Even after a year of typing, it is very common for my hand to land in the wrong spot, forcing me to rewrite half a sentence. This might sound like I'm splitting hairs, but if you really think about how often you use a mouse (for example) you start to see how much time is wasted typing gibberish.
I know I'm writing this review is in vain. Apple designs their products to address fictional use cases invented in a laboratory and they expect their customers to adapt. This keyboard is a case study of why that process leads to sub-par products with an unbelievable price tag.
If you actually type for a living, be aware that this keyboard is terrible.
It's also the only integrated option. …
- Written by Konrad L from La Canada
Good keyboard that could have been great.
I really like the new wireless keyboard, which with it's switch to two batteries instead of three has gotten rid of a great nuisan I really like the new wireless keyboard, which with it's switch to two batteries instead of three has gotten rid of a great nuisance. However it is starting to show its age, with a ejection button taking up space but rarely being used in today's day and age. The keys feel good but that is subjective and others may not a free with my assessment.
Could Apple improve the keyboard? Well getting rid of ejection button would be a great start. However that wouldn't be my biggest gripes with this otherwise good keyboard.
No by two biggest issues with this keyboard are the fact it still isn't backlit and doesn't offer a way of switching between devices. If you are like me and use the keyboard from your bed while trying to watch a movie or browsing the interwebs, in less than well lit conditions, this keyboard can be hard to use or even nearly impossible as you can not see what you are doing. Even behind my table trying to do some work requires me to have at least enough light so I can actually see what I'm typing. Alas I have not been gifted with the ability to touch type.
My second gripe with this keyboard, is that with today's plethora of devices it would be nice if I could use my one keyboard for multiple devices. There are keyboards that already allow you to do this, one being the Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard for Mac and iPad, the other being the Kanex MultiSync Keyboard. However after having tried both I can say that both lack the feel that the Apple Wireless Keyboard has. The materials are to be honest less than spectecular and feel flimsy compared to the Apple keyboards.
A bluetooth switch would allow people like me who have a company computer and a home computer to share one keyboard for both. Or better yet use it for both the Mac and iPad. …
- Written by Rohan D from Haarlem
5 of 11 people found this useful
Love the simplicity & small footprint detest the battery change drama
It worked great since I bought my iMac 10.10 last autumn, then it needed the dreaded battery change. Having installed new batterie It worked great since I bought my iMac 10.10 last autumn, then it needed the dreaded battery change. Having installed new batteries the iMac will not recognize the bluetooth keyboard, and I can't even enter my password on startup. This entails an emergency trip today to the Apple Store 25 miles west to pay $49 for a numeric USB keyboard. Need I say more? …
- Written by Michael H from Coeur D Alene
5 of 8 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Is there a keyboard short cut for page up/down with the wireless keyboard?
- Asked by Jason C from Gainesville
- Oct 21, 2009
No, this keyboard has a similar layout like the macbook where there is no dedicated page up/page dow No, this keyboard has a similar layout like the macbook where there is no dedicated page up/page down keys. However, there are keyboard shortcuts for these functions and more:
1. FN+(Arrow up/down) = Page up / down
2. FN+(Arrow left/right) = go to top or bottom of a page
3. COMMAND+(Arrow up/down) = go to top or bottom of a page
4. COMMAND+(Arrow left/right) = go to beginning/end of a line …
- Answered by Yossef M from Brookline
- Nov 4, 2009
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
fn + delete = deletes to the right of the cursor.
- Answered by Eric K from Saint Petersburg
- Sep 14, 2013
The one delete key moves left, is there a single keystroke way to delete right with this keyboard?
- Asked by Phil M from South Lake Tahoe
- Nov 24, 2009
You can use Ctrl+D to delete a single character to the right of the cursor. This is because all Macs You can use Ctrl+D to delete a single character to the right of the cursor. This is because all Macs use Emacs-style keyboard shortcuts.
Here's a full list:
Ctrl+A: Beginning of line (like Home)
Ctrl+B: Backward one character (like hitting the left arrow)
Ctrl+D: Forward delete (like the Forward Delete button on Macs)
Ctrl+E: End of line (like End)
Ctrl+F: Forward one character (like hitting the right arrow)
Ctrl+H: Backward delete (like hitting the Delete button on Macs)
Ctrl+K: Kill/remove text between cursor and the end of the line
Ctrl+N: Next line (like down arrow)
Ctrl+P: Previous line (like up arrow)
Ctrl+U: Remove/delete current line
Ctrl+V: Page down
Ctrl+Y: Paste text which has been "killed" by Ctrl+K …
- Answered by Glen H from Rowlett
- Jan 16, 2010
Is there an Apple wireless keyboard with numeric keypad?
- Asked by Daniel P from San Francisco
- Nov 26, 2009
No but there is the Interlink wireless keypad which works over Bluetooth.
- Answered by Ken R
- Dec 1, 2009
Does the wireless keyboard require line of sight in order to work? I will be placing my mac mini in my theater behind a wall.
- Asked by Parag M from South Barrington
- Nov 22, 2010