Apple Wireless Keyboard

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Apple Wireless Keyboard
Apple Wireless Keyboard (2007) with US English layout
Branding Apple Inc.
Manufacturer Foxconn
Product family Apple Keyboard
Keyswitches Scissor switch
Keycaps Laser-etched chiclet keyboard
Interface Bluetooth
Introduced September 16, 2003
Discontinued October 13, 2015
Successor Magic Keyboard
Website – Keyboard

The Apple Wireless Keyboard is a wireless keyboard built for Macintosh computers and compatible with iOS devices.[1] It interacts over Bluetooth wireless technology and unlike its wired version, it has no USB connectors or ports. Both generations have low-power features when not in use.


First generation (4 batteries)[edit]

On September 16, 2003, the first Apple Wireless Keyboard was introduced at the Apple Expo.[2] The device required four AA batteries, and had an On/Off switch on the bottom. It lacked wires and USB ports, but otherwise was cosmetically the same as the wired version.

Second generation (3 batteries)[edit]

The wireless keyboard matches the Apple Keyboard's slim profile

On August 7, 2007, Apple released a redesigned model of the Apple Wireless Keyboard. Like the wired Apple Keyboard, the new model is thinner than its predecessors and has an aluminum enclosure. Another addition is the new functions added to the function keys, such as media controls and Dashboard control. Unlike the previous version, the Wireless Keyboard now has a layout similar to the MacBook. The power button has been relocated to the right side of the keyboard, and the layout does not include a numeric keypad. This model added accidental caps lock prevention: the key has to be held down for a moment for caps lock to engage. This keyboard required only three AA batteries, one fewer than its predecessor.

Third generation (2 batteries)[edit]

In October 2009, a slightly revised third model was released. New model number A1314 replaced the A1255, two years and two months after the initial release. The new model now uses only two AA batteries instead of three originally. Additionally, Mac OS X 10.5.8 is now the minimum OS over the original Mac OS X 10.4.10. This model of keyboard become standard with new generation of iMacs introduced on the same day.

In 2011, following the release of Mac OS X 10.7.0/OS X Lion, Apple updated the keyboard slightly, updating the label on the Exposé key and changing the Dashboard key to a Launchpad key.[3]

Although Apple includes support solely for Macintosh computers, it can also be used on a Microsoft Windows PC providing that a Bluetooth receiver and appropriate Bluetooth stack is installed and properly configured.

The Linux kernel supports Apple Wireless Keyboards via the hid-apple module, which is present in 2.6.x+ kernels.

Languages and layouts[edit]

Keyboard layouts with a rectangular Enter key are available in American English and Korean.

Keyboard layouts with L-shaped Enter keys are available in:

  • Arabic
  • Belgian
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English (International)
  • English (British)
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Slovenian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
  • Swiss
  • Turkish F/Q

Boot Camp keyboard mapping in Windows[edit]

Due to the missing keys for Windows PCs (such as the PrintScreen Key), Apple has made mappings.[4]

Windows Keyboard Equivalent
PrintScreen Fn + Shift + F11
Scroll Lock Fn + Shift + F12
Pause/Break Fn + Escape
Home Fn +
End Fn +
Page Down Fn +
Page Up Fn +
Forward Delete Fn + Delete
Insert Fn + Enter

Note. These keyboard mappings will work on a Mac operating under Windows 7 when running Boot Camp, but may not work if you select the Boot Camp option of "Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "iOS: Apple Wireless Keyboard compatibility" – Overview of Apple wireless keyboards in the context of iOS compatibility
  2. ^ "Apple Introduces Wireless Keyboard & Mouse" – Apple PR Statement
  3. ^ "iOS: Apple Wireless Keyboard compatibility" – Overview of Apple wireless keyboards in the context of iOS compatibility
  4. ^ – Boot Camp: Apple Wireless Keyboard keyboard mapping in Windows

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