Better is NOT Perfect

March 3, 2009

OMG!! Apple killed the numeric keypad!

Filed under: I Hate Apple Users, I Hate Apple, Inc., I Love Apple, Inc. — Tags: , , — Gerald @ 4:29 pm

The Apple Blogosphere panicked today as Apple introduced a wired keyboard with no numeric keypad.

To make matters worse, it’s the default keyboard that comes with iMacs and Mac Pros.

The Horror! The Horror!!!

My Take: Apple is killing the keyboard, period.
I think this is the last physical keyboard Apple, Inc. will produce. I believe we are being groomed for a multi-touch virtual keyboard (which will not have a numeric keypad) and this is one of the final steps.

My Pipe Dream(s)
I hope Snow Leopard-equipped desktop machines come with Apple’s Patented Multi-Touch Mouse, or even a glass trackpad.

I hope Snow Leopard will be the bridge between a mouse-based interface and a touch-based interface and 10.7 (or “OS 11” or “OS X Touch” or whatever the next one is called) demotes the Finder and brings Springboard to the Mac.

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3 Comments »

  1. I noticed this at the (physical) Apple Store a couple weeks back. My first reaction was that it was cool, but then I realized that (especially in Pro apps) I actually use the numeric keyboard all the time. I actually miss it on my laptop.

    After thinking it through, I realized that Apple won’t likely stop offering the numeric version, considering their Power/Pro users who wouldn’t accept a move like that (they’d all buy the IceKey or similar). I think they just realize how many folks are used to laptops now and the lack of a number pad.

    A wired desktop keyboard (with or without numeric pad) paired with a glass trackpad accessory would be very cool indeed.

    Comment by Chris H. — March 25, 2009 @ 9:34 am

  2. My Mac pro 2.6 QC came with a Full Keyboard – perhaps only imacs

    Comment by silent — March 27, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

  3. You are correct. The Mac Pros come with the extended keyboard by default. Post updated to reflect new info.

    Comment by Neurotic Nomad — March 27, 2009 @ 4:13 pm


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