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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 10:30:36 AM , Rating: 1
Thanks guys! sometimes it takes me 3 posts to get i'm wrong ;)
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
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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