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.


  1. Ah yes, another nail in the coffin for the beleaguered Apple Co. Don’t believe the marketing hype. This will make it easier for Mr. Steve Jobs to finally do what he’s wanted to do all along, run the superior Vista platform on his brand new Macs. Alas, the end is nigh for Mac OSX. This is merely the first step.

  2. I never got calling the Command key the Apple key.

    But, WHERE does the Command key symbol come from?
    Why not get rid of THAT and keep the Apple?

    I knew some people who called the Command Key… get this… the CHIGGER Key! Yeah, WTF? I guess they thought it looked like a tick or… a chigger.

    MDN Magic Word: THINGS will never be the same!

  3. I always hated that apple key. It doesn’t make sense… when you have some people calling it command and some calling it Open Apple.

    It was retarded and confusing, something that Apple generally isn’t.

  4. “And the Apple II line didn’t have ‘apple’ keys either until the //c and late-rev Apple //e came out.”

    …and the IIgs, which is where it came from.

    Essentially, Apple wanted to be able to use ADB on both it’s Macintosh and Apple II lines. Of course, the problem was that the Apple II had this “Apple” key (with the Apple logo) while Macintosh just had a “Command” key. So the solution was to put both on the key so that Apple II users and Macintosh users would be able to find the appropriate key depending on what they saw on the screen.

    Why was it kept? Mostly because it was easier to explain to people that the “command key” was the one with the little Apple on it (versus the “cloverleaf”).

    By the way, the “command key” can also be found on signs in Sweden–it denotes a “place of interest.”

  5. i am not really concerned over whether the key has an  or not, but….

    to all the people who say it was confusing to people when you tried to name the key or tell them what to press… what kind of idiots are you dealing with? you couldn’t say the ‘apple’ key because the big ‘apple’ wasn’t obvious enough?

    i mean, i have some bad tech help stories, but……

  6. In ’86, as has been mentioned, the open-apple glyph was added to the command key.

    The reason was that with the Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) serial connection–first introduced on the Apple IIgs, and subsequently added to the Mac line with the SE and II–Apple started selling keyboards that could be used on either of their product lines.

    Apple II users expected the open- and closed-apple glyphs, while Mac users expected the splat glyph and Option. IIRC, the Apple II users bitched mightily about closed-apple becoming Option.

    I’m surprised it’s taken this long for open-apple to be removed. ADB and Apple IIs have both been gone for quite a while.

    Damn, I’m old…

    …and yes, there are several //es, a IIgs, a Mac SE, and a Mac II sitting out in the garage.

    That old.

  7. On a related note, my new iMac ordered online was delayed for one month because apparently the new wireless keyboard is NOT ready. I had to cancel the wireless keyboard option and go with the wired keyboard to get the system to ship by next week. Just another failure of Apple to release everything together, just like the bluetooth headset for the iPhone which also wasn’t ready for prime time when the iPhone was released. You think Apple would have made this clear at or just after the event, but alas, who knows the mind of Apple these days. The bungle will cost me at least $50 extra to get the wireless keyboard later. Sigh.

  8. “Here’s a hint. Correct spelling is more convincing.”

    Here’s something obvious, the spelling is correct, it’s the grammar that’s wrong.

    That makes you a complete retard, criticizing but not knowing the difference…

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