Gallery Comparing New iMac Keyboard to Esoteric Apple Keyboards


Apple’s new iMac has one of the coolest, thinnest keyboards ever released. How does it stack up to where the company came from? Blake Patterson set to find out, shooting a fascinating set of other keyboards next to it for comparison, including the Newton, the Lisa (seen above) and the NeXT keyboards.

Very nice.

Via Daring Fireball

  • Jamie Phelps

    I’m not entirely sure you’ve got the correct usage of “esoteric” here.

  • idogcow

    Interesting to watch the Apple logo appear and disappear with the passing of time, perhaps this new Apple-less control key keyboard is just a phase?

    The MacPlus ditches the Apple symbol on the Command key (http://cheapassbastards.blogsp… but the Lisa seems to have a ‘closed’ Apple & the IIGS gets the ‘open’ Apple.

  • Nicholas Volodimer

    Cool ;-)

  • ladyjaye

    The only keyboard he’s missing is the regular white Apple keyboard that preceded the new one. But it is one slim keyboard! Even the Newton keyboard is thicker…. Of course, the Lisa keyboard comparison is most extreme. LOL

  • Ryan

    Have you try typing on it? Awful.

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Pete Mortensen

Pete Mortensen is a design strategist for consulting firm Jump Associates and the co-author of Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy, a book and blog that are significantly more interesting than you might initially think. Pete's particular Apple avocations are both around design--interface and industrial. Follow him on Twitter!

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