RUMOR: Apple preps Bluetooth-enabled wireless keyboard and mouse

Looks like Apple may be set to release a new Bluetooth ‘Apple Wireless Keyboard’ along with a new Bluetooth “Apple Wireless Mouse” in the near future.

“The exact names of Apple’s forthcoming Bluetooth input devices were first reported this morning by MacRumors, discovered in error messages in Mac OS X 10.3 “Panther” builds,” Nick dePlume reports for “The new input devices, also known by their project names Q6 and P91a, will indeed ship under the names Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse, as shown by Panther’s Bluetooth input preference panel. (Use of the input devices will require built-in Bluetooth or an adapter).”

“The Wireless Keyboard will run on four AA batteries, while the Mouse will take two AA batteries. Batteries will be included, and the system will warn the user when battery power is low. As with Apple’s current keyboards, the Wireless Keyboard will feature audio and eject controls,” dePlume reports.

Full article here.


  1. We’ve been hearing these rumors for months now. At this point i’ll belive it when i see it. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. This is one of the few rumors I actually believe. The error messages in Panther pretty much spell it out for everyone. Now if we could only do something to get these sites to stop all of these stupid inaccurate PowerBook rumors. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. Brace yourselves if you’ve been hoping for a two-button option: Panther contains an image of the BT mouse and it looks just like the current one. (Age-old debate–I just think it should be an option BTO, both as a convenience to Mac buyers and to help sell to Switchers.)

    Bluetooth PowerBooks CRY OUT for a Bluetooth mouse. I can’t believe more haven’t appeared already!

  4. If it is true I will not be buying these. USB 1.1 is good enough for my desktop peripherals and I prefer a mouse with scroll-wheel and two buttons. At least Apple is pushing new technologies.

    By the way, I think that a wireless keyboard and mouse would be more usefull for a living-room computer than the current lines. If Apple unveils a headless Mac for connecting to the television & hi-fi the wireless peripherals would make a lot more sense.

  5. If you do look at the photos at Think Secret I think you will notice that the photo drfinately is NOT a bluetooth mouse because you can see the cord above it, I’m still keeping my finguires crossed for more than one button,

  6. This is one vote to KEEP the one-button mouse.

    Apple has always been about simplicity and elegance. The one-button mouse hits much more of the general population; 4 year olds, 70 year olds, physically challenged, the 1 in 20 that are left-handed, or simply the first time computer user. It is very easy to find a 5 button mouse with scroll wheel if that is what you feel you need, and the Mac easily accommodates it, but finding a one-button mouse is rare.

    I really wish more designers, engineers and politicians would take Apple’s lead and follow the philosophy, “What’s good for the minority, is good for the whole population”.

    Think Different.
    Think Globally.

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