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Apple could soon release a revamped Wireless Keyboard with a backlight

Apple could soon release a revamped Wireless Keyboard with a backlight

March 23, 2015

Apple’s venerable Wireless Keyboard could soon be receiving a welcomed update. A new image, spotted on Apple’s Czech Republic online store, shows the revamped device. Czech blog first reported the news.

As you can probably see, the major changes appear on the top row.

First up, the F5 and F6 buttons are blank on current versions of the keyboard. But the image shows that those keys now contain the same keyboard backlighting illustrations founds on Mac laptops. So more than likely, the new keyboard will also offer some type of backlight.

And at the very end of the top row, the usual CD eject button has been replaced with a power on/off selector. Apple currently only sells one machine – its low-end MacBook Pro – that actually contains a CD drive, so removing that definitely makes sense.

The Bluetooth keyboard can be used to connect to both Macs and iOS devices. The last major revision arrived all the way back in 2007. In the United States, it retails for $69.

I’m hopeful Apple will actually release a revamped keyboard with a backlight. I currently use the Logitech K811 for my Mac desktop, and its backlighting automatically adjusts depending on how bright or dark the room is.

For other news today, see: Instagram launches Layout, a new photo collage app for iPhone, Apple releases a fifth beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 to registered developers and the public testing program, and MapSurveyor brings quick and easy measurements to your iPhone.

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