New Apple Wireless Keyboard with backlight controls pops up in Online Store

The new keyboard, like those found on Apple's MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops, now seems to have backlight controls on the F5 and F6 keys, indicating that the standalone keyboard could be backlit, though there are no other signs that this is the case. Previously, those keys were blank, with no pre-assigned function. The keyboard also appears to have a power button taking place of the eject key, which now has little purpose on most Apple devices.

Images of the keyboard have been spotted on Apple's Online Store for the Czech Republic (opens in new tab), as well as their store in Hungary (opens in new tab). An Arabic variant of the keyboard has even appeared on the U.S. store (opens in new tab). No new descriptions accompany the images describing any new functions, so any other changes to the keyboard are unknown at this time.

This new keyboard does not seem to take after the one found on Apple's new MacBook. That keyboard features bigger keys with a new font, as well as the new butterfly switch mechanism, which replaces the scissor switches found in Apple's Air and Pro models, as well as the Wireless Keyboard.

As of right now the Apple Wireless Keyboard remains available for its standard price of $69.99.

Source: Apple (opens in new tab), via: Letem světem Applem (in Czech)

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • I've been planning on buying a wireless keyboard, now I need to wait and see if this is the one I want instead of the current version.
  • No right hand number pad no thanks. On a side note can Apple make a mouse than doesn't make my hand go into a paralyzed cramped state after 5 minutes of use?
  • It's not Apple's fault your hand isn't symmetrical, and isn't only 4" long from wrist to nail. Sent from the iMore App
  • Wouldnt that be a bit big for a wireless?
    If i have a num pad it would be more for the desktop, then why on earth would i need it wireless? I hope they make the wired version light up, id be interested. Sent from the iMore App
  • Without the new butterfly mechanics, what's the point of this upgrade? I'll wait for that.
  • I want the new trackpad for my Mac Mini. I played with the new 13" rMBP. It's great. I'm not usually a fan of trackpads, but I would gladly switch from my "Mighty Mouse" to a new Force Touch Trackpad. Sent from the iMore App
  • Like one for my iPad air!
  • The bigger question for me is, why continue to use white keys ?
  • well the power button must be sleep or what you want it to be, and why shouldn't it be illuminated, led's are very low power consumption, its always been a fault, even with a wired keyboard that they don't light up, having to have a desklamp on all the time is annoying