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AppleTV Wireless Multi-touch Keyboard?

AppleTV Wireless Multi-touch Keyboard?

Posted May 19, 2008 at 3:15pm by iClarified
Macenstein has received a tip from faithful reader Doug with news of an upcoming Apple TV update and the first Apple TV-specific accessory, a multi-touch Apple keyboard.

The following is from the email sent in to Macenstein:

a new keyboard. bluetooth. aluminum with design and keys just like existing wireless. but to the right a touch-sensitive area. it is aluminum and backlit. a thin groove defines the edge of its area. it is programmable. it can illuminate a numerical pad. a click wheel. a standard trackpad. a keyboard. whatever. create your own.

some intrepid investigators have noticed the apple tv has a unused bluetooth capability. not for much longer. you will be able to pair this keyboard with the apple tv. why? an apple tv software update will include full .mac compatibility. check and write email, surf, organize photos, create and order a photo book or upload them to a .mac gallery, and ichat, even video ichat. plug in a USB webcam, or even a digital camcorder or just a digital still cam as long as it has video capture and USB.

apple tv gets a standard hardware upgrade. slighter better processor and video card, but storage can go up to 340GB. the bigger the drive the more stuff you can buy from itunes.

AppleTV Wireless Multi-touch Keyboard?
(This is a mock up image and not a real product!)

Last year a patent for a fully multi-touch keyboard was filed by Apple. This would seem like a logical progression towards that. An official keyboard for the AppleTV would definitely increase its range of possible uses and its popularity.

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EdinSimon - May 20, 2008 at 8:01am
The key's should be multi-touch as well. imagine: a thin flat plate sitting infront of you.... you tap to wake it up, and key's fly in from around the edges (forming the standard QWERTY keyboard shape) - each key colour coded for simple use within certain apps. press one "Special key" and it changes function to Ipod controls / mini-touch pad for painting / slider controls for volume, video editing.... the list is endless. I'd certainly buy one.
SpoBo - May 19, 2008 at 4:21pm
This isn't happening lol :) It's one of those pre steve jobs keynote rumors I'm sure. There is no need for this stuff yet. What could happen is a native remote control app for your iPhone.
jl500 - May 19, 2008 at 3:17pm
We need something like that but for the iPhone
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