More Details on the New Pro Keyboard and
we reported on Apple's new pro keyboard and optical mouse. Both announcements
came as a great relief to users stuck with Apple's small keyboard and hockey puck
mouseand, worse yet, few third-party options that worked the way they were
supposed to. In fact, the mouse actually received more of an ovation at Steve
Jobs's keynote address this morning at the Macworld Expo than any other announcement
of the day.
A good potion
of the relief was owing to Apple's promise to replace current users' existing
keyboards for a reduced price, rather than charging the full retail price.
At the expo,
Jobs showed a photo of the hockey puck mouse and said, "This, as you know,
is our mouse. And some people, uh, don't like it. We're going from what some people
say is the worst mouse industry to what we think is the best mouse in the industry."
The new pro keyboard offers full-size function and navigation keys, volume control
and disc eject keys, as well as two USB ports. It includes 15 full-size programmable
function keys, full-size inverted-T cursor controls and a six-key document navigation
pad. It will be available in September for $59. Apple hasn't said how long this
pricing will last after the keyboard's introduction.
The entire surface of the new Apple mouse acts as a button, according to Steve
Jobs. It uses a high-performance optical sensor to ensure precision and eliminate
skipping and sticking. The optical mouse has no moving parts, so it can't get
dirty the way other mice and trackballs can. Its design also enables users to
easily adjust the clicking tension to obtain the feel that is just right for them.
Apple hasn't said whether different areas of the mouse's surface could function
as additional buttons. It will also be available for $59 in September for retail
purchase separate from a new desktop computer, unless you were one of the lucky
ones attending the Macworld Expo keynote, in which case you got one for free.
Thank you very much.
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