New Apple Keyboard Has Major Redesign

Posted: Aug 17 2015, 7:57am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 17 2015, 8:00am CDT, in Report | Apple

New Apple Keyboard has Major Redesign
FCC / Apple

A schematic of a new Apple keyboard surfaced in FCC listings.

Apple is apparently getting ready to update the iconic Apple keyboard and the Magic Mouse. Both accessories are unchanged since years.

The big internal change will be Bluetooth LE. The more modern Bluetooth technology is using much less power than the Bluetooth 2.1 used in today's Apple accessories.

Another big change will be integrated battery packs. The new Apple input devices will be charged via an USB cable. This later change will especially change the design of the Apple Keyboard.

The label location schematic suggests that the round battery compartment will likely be removed. The new Apple Keyboard will be just flat or wedge shaped. For ergonomic reasons there needs to be slight slant of the keyboard. The power button has also moved. It shows up at the left top edge of the keyboard in the above schematic.

The Apple Bluetooth Keyboard schematic released by the FCC in 2009 looks very different and only shows two feet.

2009 Apple Bluetooth Keyboard

We expect that the new Apple Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2.0 will be released in time for the Holiday shopping season. There is an iMac refresh expected in time for October. This Mac will likely be the first to come bundled with the new Apple Keyboard and Magic Mouse.

The FCC documents reveal that the new Apple accessories support both Bluetooth LE (v4.2) and Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR. This means the new accessories will be backwards compatible with current Macs.

Dave Zatz spotted the FCC documents BCGA1657 and BCGA1611 first. Via Slashgear.

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