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Apple Debuts Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Bluetooth devices offer 128-bit over the air encryption By Dave Nagel
Apple today introduced a new wireless keyboard and wireless mouse. Both models use Bluetooth wireless technology for connectivity and are expected to be available by the end of the month.

Both of the new wireless devices connect to the host computer via built-in Bluetooth adapters or the external D-Link USB-based Bluetooth adapter. Apple says the devices operate reliably at up to 30 feet and feature 128-bit over the air encryption for protecting privacy. They also use adaptive frequency hopping to eliminate interference and to ensure reliability in environments with other Bluetooth or wireless networks in operation.

The new keyboard is a full-sized model with 16 function keys, numeric keypad and inverted-T arrows, along with audio control and media ejection keys. It uses (and includes) four AA batteries for up to nine months of operation, according to Apple. The mouse is still a single-button design and includes two AA bateries and can function for up to three months.

Apple's wireless keyboard and mouse will be available in two weeks with support for Mac OS X 10.2.6 or later. Each will sell for $69. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Mac OS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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