Apple Introduces Wireless Keyboard & Mouse
Adaptive Frequency Hopping & Bluetooth Technology Provide Reliable & Secure
Connections to Macs
APPLE EXPO, PARIS-September 16, 2003- Apple today introduced the Apple
Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse, new Bluetooth-based peripherals
that provide reliable performance at up to 30 feet and offer secure
128-bit, over-the-air encryption keeping sensitive information safe as it
is being typed. Apple is the first to deliver Adaptive Frequency Hopping
(AFH) software which eliminates interference between Bluetooth devices and
other wireless networks and devices. This feature enables the Apple
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse to perform reliably in home, office, school and
lab settings where other wireless devices and networks may be in use.
“Apple was the first to fully integrate Bluetooth support in its operating
system with Mac OS X and the first to make Bluetooth standard across our
entire line of professional notebooks,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s
senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The Bluetooth-based
Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse are an ideal complement to our new
PowerBooks and provide our desktop customers with an elegant way to
eliminate cable clutter.”
The Apple Wireless Mouse features a comfortable, easy-to-use ambidextrous
design. The optical tracking engine provides responsive and accurate cursor
movement on almost any type of surface. The Apple Wireless Keyboard
features 16 function keys, full numeric keypad, inverted-T, audio control
and the ability to eject optical media. Freed from cables, the full-size
yet compact wireless keyboard takes up very little space on a desktop and
easily fits on a user’s lap. Both products feature AFH software allowing
the Bluetooth radios to adapt to the presence of other wireless products by
avoiding the frequencies used by other wireless devices and networks to
virtually eliminate interference which could otherwise impact performance
or mouse and keyboard control.
Both devices feature an advanced power management system that automatically
switches to low power modes during inactivity and can also be turned off
when not in use such as during travel or weekends. Ready to use out of the
box, the Apple Wireless Mouse features two Energizer e2 AA batteries
providing up to three months of use. The Apple Wireless Keyboard features
four Energizer e2 AA batteries providing up to nine months of use*.
Pricing & Availability
The Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse are expected to be available in two
weeks through the Apple Store ( www.apple.com ), at Apple’s retail stores
and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of $69 (US)
each. Both the keyboard and mouse require Mac OS X version 10.2.6 or later
and easily connect to Mac systems with either a built-in Bluetooth adapter
or the external D-Link USB Bluetooth adapter.
* Actual battery life may vary depending on usage patterns
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