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ardchoille

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I just bought the Apple wireless keyboard, hoping to pair it to my iPhone 4S, and it turns out it was a smart purchase. Now I'd like to post a mini review.

Accessory: Apple Wireless Keyboard
Model: MC184LL/B
Apple Store Link: http://store.apple.com/xc/product/MC184LL/B

Pairing
Pairing my new Apple Wireless Keyboard was crazy easy. Follow these steps to pair the keyboard

1. Open Settings > Bluetooth on the iPhone and turn on Bluetooth.
2. Press the power button on the right side of the wireless keyboard
3. The iPhone will detect the new keyboard
4. Tap the keyboard entry on the iPhone
5. The iPhone will give you a 4 digit code to enter into the keyboard
6. Pairing will automatically complete

Some of this information is geared toward the iPad, but the keyboard works with the following devices:

iPad (all models)
iPhone (3GS or later)
iPad (3rd gen or later)

Performance
1.The arrow keys work as expected

Despite the lack of arrow keys on the virtual keyboard, the external keyboard arrow keys work just like they do on a Mac. You can move up and down, and the command + right, command + left combinations move you to the start and end of the given line. Command + up and command + down also work.

2. The media keys work

If you connect the Apple wireless keyboard to the iPad and hit the media play key (the one that looks like a play/pause button), then the iPad responds by playing music on the iPod. The forward and reverse media keys move between songs as expected.

3. The volume keys work

The volume keys control the volume in exactly the same way as it does on a mac. You can mute and make the volume go up and down by using the three volume keys on the wireless keyboard.

4. The Command-Tab keystroke does not switch between apps

Despite now being a multi-tasking operating system for most apps, the command-tab keys do not switch between apps. This means that you will have to move your hands back to the iPad to move between apps.

5. The screen brightness keys work as expected

The two screen brightness keys control the iPad’s brightness just as they would on a Mac. You can brighten and dim as needed.

6. The Eject button on the wireless keyboard pulls up the virtual keyboard

If you find yourself needing or wanting the regular iPad virtual on screen keyboard without powering off or disconnecting the wireless keyboard, simply press the eject key. The virtual keyboard will slide into place on the iPad, and once you are finished either dismiss the keyboard in the regular way or hit the eject key again.

7. The selection and navigation keys work as expected

When you hold the option key and hit a left or right arrow key, the cursor moves to the next word as expected. If you hold the shift down as well it will select as it moves. And command + a will select everything on the page, just as it does on a Mac.

8. You can undo/redo from the wireless keyboard

Just as you can on a Mac, command + z will undo the last action and shift + command + z will redo it. This is quite handy for those accidental keyboard hits and screen touches.

9. The tab key actually tabs

Despite there not being a tab key on the virtual keyboard, the wireless keyboard’s tab does as expected. While for some this is not a big deal, I like to take notes in outline fashion using the tab key as the offset. On the virtual keyboard this is obviously not possible, but on the wireless keyboard it works just fine. Of course, editing it later could be an issue.

10. The special character keys work

If you are a longtime Apple user, you may know what to expect when you press shift + option + k. Well, it works as expected, and when you do it an apple pops up on the screen. The option + keys as well as the shift + option + keys work as expected, giving the desired special character.

11. The classic emacs control key bindings work

For those of you who are used to the classic control key bindings, I have good news – they work on the iPad with a wireless keyboard. For those of you who are not familiar, they are:

ctrl-e: end of the line
ctrl-a: beginning of the line
ctrl-k: delete to end of the line
ctrl-f: cursor forward
ctrl-b: cursor back
ctrl-n: next line
ctrl-p: previous line

The only exception is the delete forward key, ctrl-d, which does not work. It seems odd that there would be a single exception, but perhaps it will be supported in a future release.

12. The command + c and command + v cut and paste keystrokes work

I am glad about this one, and it not being present would be sorely disappointing. Once something is selected, a quick command + c will copy it to the clipboard, and command + v will paste it into the current document.

13. The wireless keyboard will wake up iPad

Everybody likes a bonus, so here’s one for you – once the wireless keyboard is paired with the iPad, hitting any key on the keyboard will bring the iPad back to life once it is in screen mode. This works if you power off using a quick tap of the power button or if it times out and turns off. Of course, if you do a complete power down of the iPad this will not work.

14. Easier word selection

I quite like how word selection works on a physical keyboard and the Apple wireless keyboard is no exception. When selecting a word, place the cursor at the end or beginning of a word and hold down the SHIFT key while pressing the left or right arrow key. This is much easier than having to drag those tiny blue dots on the iPad screen.

Opinion
I love this wireless keyboard, it essentially turns my iPhone 4S into a tiny netbook. And, of course, it will come in handy when I purchase the Mac Mini later.
 

enigminds

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hello i am new in here , i got slide bluetooth keyboard when i press enter i cannot send isnt supposed to be a way to send it when i press enter button thank u i have iphone 4s 5.1.1 jailbreak .

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