A moment of silence for the Apple key

Apple’s new iMac keyboards have done away with the Apple key (or “Open Apple Key”) in what seems to presage the fate of all Apple keys on Mac keyboards. Although a few days have passed, we wouldn’t feel right without observing a moment of silence:

See Apple’s new keyboards, sans Apple logo on the Command Key, here.

MacDailyNews Note: We still hold a special place in our hearts for the “Closed Apple Key.”

Removing the Apple from the Command key makes sense from Apple’s perspective, as it would only help further ease the minds of nervous potential switchers – “Uhh, what’s that ‘weird” key?” You can bet they hear that in the Apple Retails Stores pretty often. (The new key still has the “splat” on it (thankfully), but adds the word “command.”) Still, we wish that Apple would to give us Mac users an optional key with the Apple on it!

The very first Macs, by the way, didn’t have an “Apple” on the Command key. Macs began featuring the Apple logo on the key in 1986.

Two a Day explains “Why the Apple/Command Key Finally Lost Its Apple” here.

71 Comments

  1. @Denny:

    The key (and its functions) are still there; they just removed the  and replaced it with the word “Command.”

    I got the new iMac last night. Love everything except typing on the Chiclet keys.

  2. Thank heavens! After 20 years of trying to explain “hit the Command key, you know, that key with the funny little squiggle symbol … no, not the option key, that key without a name ….”

    For a company with a reputation for the world’s most user-friendly UIs, this was a real stroke of genius: actually put the name of the key on the key.

  3. This is a keyboard aimed at the entire computer industry!

    1) ipod
    2) itunes
    3) Videopod
    4) AppleTv
    5) iphone
    6) Mac mini
    7) keyboards
    8) Monitors
    9) Camera’s
    10) Universal remote controller (Mac, Pc,Tv, Stereo, Car stero etc)
    11) Printers
    12) Scanners + Fax

    Get the idea? Hence the name change to Apple inc.

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