One More Wish for WWDC 2014

9 May 2014Apple

As I wrote last week, I have a few hopes for new announcements from Apple at WWDC 2014. But in my rush to explain why I want to see an iterative iPhone 6, a retina iMac, Aperture 4, wireless EarPods, and an iWallet, I completely forgot to mention a product I’ve been waiting to see for more than five years.

In August 2007 Apple released a wireless keyboard with a thinner design and an aluminum enclosure. It matched beautifully with the aluminum iMac and, when paired with a wireless mouse, allowed for a completely clutter-free desktop. The only problem was that the new wireless keyboard’s layout mimicked that of a Macbook with smaller arrow keys, no home/end or page up/down keys, and no numeric keypad1. At the same time, Apple released a similarly designed full-size keyboard but only made it available with a wired connection.

As someone that spends a lot of time working on spreadsheets, I can’t imagine using a keyboard without a numeric keypad. But just because I’m a finance geek doesn’t mean I like seeing a keyboard cable snake across my otherwise pristine desktop2. If I had a wireless keyboard, my entire desktop computer setup would rely on just one cable – the power cable plugged into the back of my iMac. It would be beautiful, and if ever there was a company that did things not because they were necessary but because they were beautiful, it is Apple.

So besides the initial list of hopes I wrote about last week, if I could have one more wish for a new product announcement at WWDC, it would be for a wireless Apple keyboard with numeric keypad. Fingers crossed.

  1. Interestingly, Apple’s previous wireless keyboard, released in September 2003, had the same full-size layout (including a numeric keypad) as their wired keyboard. 
  2. Full disclosure: my desktop isn’t always pristine; but if I had a fancy new wireless keyboard I would certainly be more motivated to clean things up!