Apple Aluminium Keyboard
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USB keyboards with one downstream USB port on each side (two in total).
Full size keyboard.
Shipped with 2009 iMac. Discontinued in 2010.
"Apple Wireless Keyboard"
Layout is reminiscent of the compact A1242. The keyboard communicates through Bluetooth. It works also with iOS devices.
Takes three AA batteries.
Takes only two AA batteries.
Compared to MC184LL/A, the keyboard has keys for Launchpad and Mission Control where the keys for Exposé and Dashboard used to be.
Succeeded by the Apple Magic Keyboard with new Macintosh models, but is still available to buy separately (July 2016).
The keyboard has chiclet keys.
While each normal key is a standard 3/4 inch (19 mm) on the horizontal, it is smaller than standard on the vertical.
The Fn key is located on the bottom left on small keyboards and above forward delete in the nav cluster on "full-size" keyboards.
There are several media key functions overlaid on the function keys. Whether these require the Fn key, or the opposite is a configurable option on the host side. This configurability requires MacOS or a special driver on Windows.
|Brightness Down||Brightness Up||Exposé / Mission Control||Dashboard / Launchpad||Rewind (Previous track)||Play/Pause||Fast Forward (Next track)||Mute||Volume Down||Volume Up|
Beside media key reports, the USB HID protocol format is the standard 6KRO boot protocol except that it is only 5KRO to give room for a vendor-specific byte for the Fn key. Only Apple's own keyboard driver will recognise that byte while compliant HID drivers will ignore it. A USB host that ignores the keyboard's "Report Descriptor" (such as many PC BIOS:es) will see the keyboard reporting the Fn key as an "Undefined key" when pressed and as no key (zero) otherwise.
Bluetooth keyboards talk the same HID protocol as USB, just over Bluetooth's transport rather than over USB's transport layer.
From the bottom up, the keyboard is made of these layers:
- ABS bottom plate.
- A layer of glue. The glue can be dissolved with isopropyl alcohol.
- Thin steel plate.
- The switch membrane. Three sublayers.
- Rubber domes installed on a thin, flexible, non-elastic plastic sheet.
- Upper aluminium case. Holes for keycaps.
The bottom plate is glued to the steel plate with a considerable amount of glue. There are screws and/or bolts the steel plate to the aluminium enclosure.
The scissor mechanism for a key fits between the keycaps and layer 5. The lower hinges of the scissors go through holes in layers 5 and 4, latch on behind shaped protrusions of the steel plate and end up touching the glue layer.
The aluminium enclosure is made from a block of T6/6061 aluminium that has been milled, bead-blasted and anodized grey (without dye). Some (if not all) keyboards have been constructed from blocks that have been cut out when milling larger blocks to become iMac enclosures. Two full-size keyboards can be made for one iMac from the same block of metal.
- Geekhack user hemflit, [Disassembling an Apple Wireless]. Article on Geekhack.org's forum.
- PBS on Youtube: Independent Lens | OBJECTIFIED | Film Clip #2 | PBS. index 00:02:05. Posted 2009-11-18