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Apple Wireless Keyboard  (Source: Image via Apple)

Apple Bluetooth Keyboard back  (Source: Image via FCC)
Apple seeks FCC approval for Apple Wireless Keyboard using Bluetooth technology

Last week when Apple announced the new iMac computers, they also showed off a couple new keyboards. One of the new Apple keyboards was a thin-wired version connecting to a Mac via USB.

The other more interesting keyboard unveiled with the new iMac, for those who shun wires, was the much tidier looking Apple Wireless Keyboard. While the wired version of the Apple Keyboard shows to ship in three to five days, the wireless version shows that it ships in four to six weeks.

Apple didn’t give any reasons as to why the wireless version was delayed so much, but the answer is the wireless keyboard was awaiting FCC approval. We found the FCC filing today and noticed while Apple requested none of their images be released until August 30; the FCC posted a shot they took of the back of the keyboard where the FCC sticker will reside.

The FCC documents show the keyboard will be 4.2mm thick with a width of 275.92mm and a depth of 108.32mm. A safe bet will be that the keyboard is available for purchase on August 30th.



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RE: Nice keyboard...
By omnicronx on 8/14/2007 9:37:35 AM , Rating: 2
you have 4mm thick AA batteries? hook it up!
with a keyboard that thin, no normal battery would fit, apple or not ;)

on a side note, you would think a company would come up with a tiny wireless keyboard like this one, which uses solar power like calculators do, in fact if the keyboard was a translucent colour, you could make the whole thing a solar panel. How much power could a tiny keyboard with low power blue tooth actually use? seems like the perfect match to me.


RE: Nice keyboard...
By mdogs444 on 8/14/2007 9:44:19 AM , Rating: 2
The entire keyboard is NOT 4.2mm. Its very clear from the picture where the AA/AAA batteries go.


RE: Nice keyboard...
By Frank M on 8/14/2007 9:47:00 AM , Rating: 2
The tube near the top doesn't look to be 4mm thick, if you compare it to the size of the keys. That looks like it could easily hold a couple AAA or AA batteries.


RE: Nice keyboard...
By kkwst2 on 8/14/2007 9:50:06 AM , Rating: 1
Hmm, did you look at the picture? Even better, did you click on the link? Probably not, since it states pretty clearly on the Apple Store link that it takes AAA batteries. Well actually, it just says it includes them in the box. Maybe they're used as weights to keep the wafer thin keyboard from blowing away.

See the round tubular structure at the top of the keyboard... with the end cap that looks like it might twist off... with the notch in it where one might insert a screwdriver to untwist said cap?

The solar thing sounds like a great idea. Because I usually try to use my keyboard in lots of direct sunlight. I never have a need to use my keyboard in low light conditions. Sorry... :)


RE: Nice keyboard...
By omnicronx on 8/14/2007 10:30:36 AM , Rating: 1
Thanks guys! sometimes it takes me 3 posts to get i'm wrong ;)
quote:
The solar thing sounds like a great idea. Because I usually try to use my keyboard in lots of direct sunlight. I never have a need to use my keyboard in low light conditions. Sorry... :)
how much power to do you think a keyboard actually requires? i would be interested in knowing. Calculators with the tiny solar panels in them right now do not need direct sunlight, but any light source whether it be sunlight or artificial.
I see no reason why if half the keyboard was a panel, that it could not be powered, especially the keyboard design is ultra basic.


RE: Nice keyboard...
By TomZ on 8/14/2007 10:49:00 AM , Rating: 3
Your solar calculator also doesn't have to do an RF transmission for each key press and key release.


RE: Nice keyboard...
By omnicronx on 8/14/2007 10:54:40 AM , Rating: 1
I am only talking in theory, and there is no RF transmission when using blue tooth, (of course there is still a signal being sent) but by nature its a low power signal, perfect for this kind of use. If my bluetooth keyboard can run for 3 months with 4 double AA batteries, powering an LCD screen and a bunch of media keys, I am sure someone could create a solar powered system that would last a day or two without any light at all.


RE: Nice keyboard...
By omnicronx on 8/14/2007 11:04:23 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
and there is no RF transmission when using blue tooth, (of course there is still a signal being sent)


shouldn't have said that, obviously there is still an RF signal being sent, its just much lower power than normal wireless RF signals.


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