Apple Keyboard History ⌨

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

I used Apple's computer from 1991 to 2009. Have used all their keyboards (except the aluminum flat of ~2008.)

Apple IIe, 1983

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Apple IIe, 1983

Macintosh Keyboard, 1984

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Macintosh Keyboard (M0110) (year 1984)

Macintosh Plus Keyboard (M0110A), 1986

Introduced with the Macintosh Plus in 1986.

Apple IIe Platinum, 1987

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Apple IIe Platinum, 1987

Apple (Standard) Keyboard (M0116), 1987

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Apple (Standard) Keyboard (M0116), 1987

Apple Extended Keyboard, 1987

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Apple extended keyboard 1 1987, German layout. [image source http://www.mauseum.net/Tastatura/ ]

Apple Keyboard II (M0487) (1990)

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Apple Keyboard (M0487) [image source reddit]

Introduced and sold with the Macintosh Classic and LC in 1990, this keyboard was almost identical to the original ADB Keyboard, but included flip-down feet to change the typing angle and a design change that gave the frame and keys a more streamlined appearance. Internally, the M0487 differed from the original M0116, as the M0487 did not use mechanical keyswitches (save for the Caps Lock). In 1993, the Macintosh TV, the first Mac introduced in all black, came with an identical black Keyboard II (using the same model number). This keyboard marked the return of Apple including a standard keyboard together with the computer itself.

[Wikipedia 2019-06-21]

Apple Extended Keyboard II, 1990

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Apple Extended Keyboard II, 1990

Apple Adjustable Keyboard, 1993

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Apple Adjustable Keyboard 1993

Apple PowerBook Duo 250, 1993

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Apple PowerBook Duo 250, 1993

Apple USB keyboard (M2452), 1999. (Bondi Blue iMac)

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Apple USB keyboard, 1999. (Bondi Blue iMac)

Apple Pro Keyboard (M7803), 2000

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Apple Pro Keyboard M7803, French Canadian layout. Year 2000. [image source https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/apple-aluminium-wired-keyboard-and-older-ones-miss-em.2119901/page-2]

Apple Pro Keyboard (A1048), 2003

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Apple pro keyboard (A1048), German layout. image source

Apple Pro Keyboard (A1243), 2007

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Apple's full Keyboard (A1243). Year 2007. Apple keyboard 3873×1105 image source

Apple keyboard (A1242), 2009

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Apple keyboard (A1242), year 2009. Apple keyboard In this model, the left and right ⌘ command keys are symmetrically placed with respect to F and J keys. [image source ]

Apple Wireless Keyboard

There are 4 versions:

  1. (A1016) M9270LL/A (4 batteries), 2005
  2. (A1255) MB167LL/A (3 batteries), 2007
  3. (A1314) MC184LL/A (2 batteries), 2009
  4. (A1314) MC184LL/B (2 batteries), 2011
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Apple wireless keyboard aluminum 2007 image source

Apple Magic Keyboard, 2015

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Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, traditional Chinese layout. image source

[see Chinese Input Methods]

2015 Apple Laptop Keyboard

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2015 Macbook Pro keyboard
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Macbook Keyboard 2015. MacBook Pro

Note, there's no {Page Up, Page Down, Home, End, ⌦ Delete} keys. [see Evolution of Laptop Keyboards, No More Page Up/Down Keys!]

Apple Keyboard History

Apple Keyboard Evolution 1983-2015 Part 1
Apple Keyboard Evolution 1983-2015 Part 2

Early Apple computer timeline

Mac Keyboard Topic

  1. Mac Keyboard Tools
  2. Swap CapsLock Control Opt Cmd
  3. Change Keybinding
  4. Keyboard Viewer and Unicode
  5. Switch to Dvorak Keyboard Layout
  6. Hover to Switch Window
  7. Mac Keyboard Shortcuts
  8. Apple Keyboards ⌨
  9. Apple Keyboard History ⌨
  10. Difference Between Apple and PC keyboards

Hacker Lore Keyboards

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  2. History of Emacs and vi Keys
  3. Apple Keyboard History ⌨
  4. Space-Cadet Keyboard
  5. ADM-3A Terminal
  6. DEC VT100 Terminal
  7. IBM Model M keyboard
  8. Sun Microsystems Type 6 Keyboard
  9. Control Key and Capslock Key Positions in Old Keyboards
  10. The Idiocy of Happy Hacking Keyboard

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