Apple Planning Revamped iPad Keyboard, New Metal Finishes for Apple Watch

Accompanying the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and next-generation Apple TV set to be announced next week, Apple is also planning a revamped iPad keyboard and new metal finishes for the Apple Watch Sport, including a less expensive gold version, according to The New York Times.

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9to5Mac reported similar information, claiming the iPad Pro will have expanded Bluetooth keyboard support and that Apple is working on a new keyboard accessory for the rumored 12.9-inch tablet, which could be released by year end. The report also hinted at the possibility of new gold Apple Watch Sport colors.

Last month, a new Apple Wireless Keyboard with Bluetooth 4.2 and a rechargeable lithium-on battery was discovered in filings with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. Images of an Apple Wireless Keyboard with backlit keys and a power button also briefly surfaced on the Apple Online Store in March.

MacRumors has also received information about Apple's plans to release at least one new metal finish for the Apple Watch. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first noted the Apple Watch may gain additional casing options in March, and three months later said a yellow and rose gold Apple Watch Sport will launch in the fall.

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Apple Watch Sport spray painted gold by Casey Neistat on YouTube

Apple is also expected to debut new Apple Watch Sport bands at its September 9th media event, possibly with a focus on darker colors.

MacRumors will be providing live blog coverage of Apple's "Hey Siri" media event, which begins next Wednesday at 10:00 AM Pacific.

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62 months ago

That's why the Gold Apple Watch is a waste of money because people can spray paint the apple sports watch. No point in spending $10,000+ just because the color is gold. It's made out of real gold but it doesn't have any advantage if other people can easily paint their watches Gold.

So when I get married should I buy aluminum wedding bands and just spray paint them gold? Real gold doesn't have any advantage if other people can easily paint their rings gold..

Seriously though, the reason people buy the gold watches is because they want a jewelry piece, not just for the color on the surface.
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62 months ago
A new wireless keyboard with a numpad this time.... please? ....pretty please... ?
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62 months ago

Surface ripoff anyone :p



Yes, you should! Then you can donate the money you save to charities that work to save people's lives rather than waste money on expensive elements on your fingers...

Right. I'm sure you live in a tent and donate all your money that you don't use on food to "charity." This is why we need the down vote button back.
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62 months ago

That's why the Gold Apple Watch is a waste of money because people can spray paint the apple sports watch. No point in spending $10,000+ just because the color is gold. It's made out of real gold but it doesn't have any advantage if other people can easily paint their watches Gold.

If that was the case nobody would buy anything made of solid gold, because there would always be a way to just plate it with gold or spray something in a gold color.

But is that the situation? No. Because people buy stuff made of solid gold because they can - and they like the real gold options better. There are of course people who want to imitate the gold, due to their own impression management or just because they like the color.


Kinda sucks for early Apple Watch Sport buyers (that wanted a gold-like finish) if they introduce new colors.

That's all in their minds. The product doesn't get worse just because there is a new product. It stays the same. It's the "I want to have the new thing" attitude which leads to unhappiness with the previous product.
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62 months ago
Please backlit keyboards!!!!
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62 months ago

I need food to survive, I need water, I need oxygen, I need a house to keep me warm! I don't need a piece of gold on my finger! Selfish vanity such as this is everything that's wrong with the world. Yes, a down vote button would be very welcome...

Your reductionist argument is quite silly. To chastise someone about gold is as asinine as chastising someone for owning an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. You're on this site so it's reasonable to assume you own one or more of those products None are needed in a pedantic sense but I bet you can justify your spend.:rolleyes: Do yourself a favor. Put that rock down else someone toss a stone at your glass house.;)
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