Apple Store leaks images of new wireless keyboard with backlit LEDs


LED backlighting coming soon? Photo: Apple
LED backlighting coming soon? Photo: Apple

Apple redesigned the LED backlights for the new MacBook keyboard, and it appears a similar update could be coming soon to the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

Several images of an updated keyboard appeared on the online Apple Store for the Czech Republic as well as an Arabic keyboard in the U.S. store. Some of the images of the keyboard have already been pulled, but the redesign adds toggles for brightness to the F5 and F6 keys, as well as a power button on in the upper right corner.

The current Apple Wireless Keyboard features an eject button in the upper right corner, even though the iMac no longer sports a CD drive. Product descriptions for the keyboards weren’t updated in the stores, so it could be that someone uploaded the wrong graphics in the backend, with the public release slated for later.

A quiet rollout could also be in the works for the minor update. Apple made several keyboard improvements with the radical redesign of the MacBook, including butterfly hinges and individual LED illumination for each key. Apple’s next big announcements aren’t expected to take place until June at the Worldwide Developers Conference, but it’s likely we could see these new keyboards in stores before then. Hopefully a wireless Force Touch trackpad is on the way too.