Apple Updates Standalone Keyboards for OS X Lion

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As noted by Italian site iSpazio [Google translation], Apple has quietly tweaked its standalone Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad for OS X Lion.

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One minor change is a slight adjustment to the icon displayed on the F3 key to remove the frame around the collection of windows. The F3 key had been used to activate Exposé, but with that feature now being folded into the broader Mission Control feature in OS X Lion, the key now activates Mission Control.

In a larger change, the F4 key has now been repurposed since the previous Dashboard function has also been folded into Mission Control in Lion. Consequently, the F4 key is now used to invoke Launchpad, Lion's iOS-like application launching screen.

The new keyboard is billed as requiring Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

We don't know for certain that Apple has also updated its wireless keyboard with the same changes, as the company has not updated the images on its keyboard page or in its online store, but we do know that both the wired and wireless keyboards saw their model numbers transitioned to "/B" revisions alongside Wednesday's launch of OS X Lion. Consequently, it seems reasonable to conclude that both keyboards have been updated with the tweaked functionality.

Top Rated Comments

M-O Avatar
122 months ago
when are these bad boys getting back-lighting?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Akapp42 Avatar
122 months ago
I'll save everyone about $50

Do what I did, change the shortcut key from System Prefs>Keyboard. Then do this: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65356661@N05/5965532030/)
Hacked for Launchpad (http://www.flickr.com/photos/65356661@N05/5965532030/) by akapp42 (http://www.flickr.com/people/65356661@N05/), on Flickr
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Andy-V Avatar
122 months ago
Why not use the rocket icon for LaunchPad?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coder12 Avatar
122 months ago

Replacing the Dashboard button with Launchpad is extremely stupid:

* There is no gesture to activate Dashboard
* There already is a gesture to activate Launchpad
* Dashboard is more useful than Launchpad


This way, the only way to activate Dashboard is either swipe left a zillion times until you get to the leftmost space which is Dashboard, or if you're like me and find that Dashboard has no place among your desktops and windows in Mission Control, you either have to assign a hot corner to it, or keep the Dashboard icon in the Dock. I just press the Dashboard button on my keyboard and I have Dashboard, simple as that.


FN + F12 still works :P
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mbarriault Avatar
122 months ago
Is there a way to change F4 to open Launchpad instead of Dashboard on older keyboards? (without setting them to use standard function keys obviously).
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
andylyon Avatar
122 months ago

IIRC, it always has been. That just means it's not assigned as a specific hot key (with function keys turned off). Probably because many browsers use F5 as "refresh".


Ah thinking about it this could be because it doesnt have a backlit keyboard. As on Apple's portable options this gives the user the chance to turn the brightness down.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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