FCC filings leak Apple’s ‘Magic Mouse 2’ and new Wireless Keyboard with built-in Li-Ion batteries

“FCC filings have leak details of Apple’s new ‘Magic Mouse 2’ and updated wireless keyboard, and it seems the peripherals are in for quite an upgrade,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports for ZDNet. “And given that it’s been more than six years since either device has been upgraded, it’s long overdue.”

“The first change,” Kingsley-Hughes reports, “is that the aging and inefficient Bluetooth 2.0 is being replaced with the more efficient Bluetooth 4.0, a move that will see lower energy consumption, better security, and better connectivity.”

‘Another big change is that the AA batteries that the devices previously relied upon for power are out, replaced by built-in 3.8V Li-Ion power packs,” Kingsley-Hughes reports, “What is not made clear is how these devices will be charged.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Regardless of the method of charging, the charges are likely to be few and far between based on how much we already get out of the AA batteries in our current Apple Wireless Keyboards and Magic Mouse units, especially considering the change from the inefficient Bluetooth 2.0 to Bluetooth 4.0.

27 Comments

    1. I could never get used to the trackpad. If the Magic Mouse had four-point multitouch as well, it would have been all you need. Trackpad just felt so difficult to interact with the Mac to me, even worse than a laptop with the same input device for some reason. I have no idea why. I started just using all 3 (keyboard, mouse, trackpad) and eventually got sick of charging trackpad for no reason and just gave mine away.

    1. Give me a USB wired connection or nothing at all, Apple. Bluetooth is the biggest battery hog for input peripherals. Just because Jony doesn’t like wires doesn’t mean that the real user experience is in any way enhanced by adding yet one more battery the user has to rely on.

  1. …the aging and inefficient Bluetooth 2.0 is being replaced with the more efficient Bluetooth 4.0, a move that will see lower energy consumption, better security, and better connectivity…

    …But will still be Bluetooth and therefore be UNRELIABLE. I hate Bluetooth.

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