Apple's Latest Keyboard Slims Down

By Daniel Brecht February 27, 2012

Apple Inc., the renowned American multinational corporation that designs and creates hardware and software products, is launching a thin profile keyboard, as reported by AppleInsider. It will be a low-travel keyboard with a single support lever made of a flexible material and the shape of a flat slab. Not only will the new keyboard be slimmer, thinner, lighter and smaller in size, but the low-travel keys-- which resemble flat keys and have a total travel in a range of about 0.2 mm to about 1.85 mm, -- will allow a user to press each key gently for a quicker response. 

The new keyboard will feature a single support lever keyboard mechanism; the key caps on the keyboard will be full-size and spaced normally, but they will be held in place by a rigid support lever made of spring steel and an elastomeric spacer made of material such as rubber or silicone, which is sure to feel much nicer than a typical keyboard on users' fingers as they type or press on key caps. Also, between keys will be a metal dome, an actuator, attached to the base plate that will be used to activate the switch circuitry when the key is depressed by the user.

Apple’s solution of a new thin-looking compact designed keyboard may just be what its users are looking for in a keyboard. The new changes allow the keyboard cap to be formed of almost any material; thus, making it more appealing and user-friendly, as well as functional with the desktop and Apple’s portable computing devices. From the various changes to the working parts of the keyboard, the public is left to believe none of it will compromise the tactile feel of the keyboard or affect its performance. And from what is revealed by AppleInsider, the keyboard will provide stability to each key and reduce instability when keys are depressed by a user.

Anyone looking for a replacement keyboard for an Apple computer or portable device should check out this newly-designed product when it’s finally marketed. The benefit of owning it will become apparent when released; however, there has been no mention of when it will be out in the market; this is only Apple’s proposal for developing and reinventing thinner and lighter keyboards. At the present time, the public only knows what Apple intends to do with this keyboard: describing what it will look like, what it will be made of, how it will work, and what key attributes it will have.

Edited by Rich Steeves

Contributing Writer

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