Posted July 27th, 2007 @ 12:18pm by Erik J. Barzeski
A few questions arise from looking at the picture linked to in particular:
- Why would you replace the "help" key with a "fn" key on a full-size keyboard?
- Why would you interrupt the sequence of f-keys with an eject key in the middle?
- What purpose will the extra f-keys above the number pad serve?
- Will Apple really add media-control fn/f-keys to the keyboard?
- WTF is that ugly picture on F3? Or even the image on F4 for that matter? If they're for Expos&eacte; and Dashboard, they're ugly, and what if a user changes them? Or is that option being removed? Currently they're on F9-F12, so why move them to begin with?
- I don't like the new forward delete button, if this is the new keyboard. Put the picture below the word. It looks cramped.
- Why is the "0" centered? Apple doesn't do that.
- The arrows don't match what we see in our menus.
- Enter is in italics, but almost nothing else is?
- The command key loses the apple symbol but gains the word "command." Fine - that's overdue - but why not put the menu symbols for control and option on those keys as well?
Given the above, I'd give this, oh, a 75% chance of being a developmental version of the new Apple keyboard. I'd say there's very little chance this keyboard will ship in this form.
If it does, my oh my. Someone will really have to explain to me why we have a fn key. If it's required to access the hardware functions like volume, brightness, and eject, then consistency would dictate that it also apply to the software items like Exposé, Dashboard, iTunes/media controls, etc. And c'mon, it's a full-size keyboard, after all - we don't need to save space by having dual-function keys like we do on
Plus, I'm with John Gruber: I don't particularly think white keys on a silver keyboard look all that good.