Jun 11 2010

Testing the Apple wireless keyboard

Published by at 5:19 pm under Apple/Mac

The one thing I’ve hated doing since I picked up the iPad was anything involving typing. The concept of touching icons with a fingertip works in a wonderfully intuitive manner. But when you have to type out a password or anything longer than a tweet, it’ frustrating an slow. So I got the Boss’s (aka wife’s) permission to pick up the Apple wireless keyboard.

I’ve only had the keyboard for an hour and this is the first serious typing I’ve done on it, but in this short test it seems to be at least as responsive and tactile as any of the much larger keyboards I use on a daily basis. It’s incredibly thin and light, but it holds it’s place on the table, no skittering across the surface if I type too aggressively. Overall the feel is good and the slightly small keys don’t seem to inhibit my typing at all, despite my large hands.

I’ll be flying to the FIRST conference tomorrow and hope to live blog some of the presentations while I’m there. Between the iPad itself, a Verizon Mifi 2200 and the keyboard, I think I have a winning combination of easily packable blogging gear. Now to see if my suppositions match the reality at all.

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5 Responses to “Testing the Apple wireless keyboard”

  1. Choion 12 Jun 2010 at 5:54 am

    Are you concerned about bluetooth sniffing? Granted, I don’t think anyone will have one of these on board the plane: http://hackaday.com/2010/04/23/wifi-and-bluetooth-sniffing-rifle/ but I would be wary of using wireless keyboards in dangerously insecure places like cafes and airport lounges.

  2. CubFlyingon 16 Jun 2010 at 2:48 am

    The iPad security breach last week potentially exposed the emails of 114,000 AT&T customers, but that is not the only information that could have been discovered by clever hackers. iPad owners will be surprised to know that the data breach revealed far more personal and sensitive information than is generally known. Reports initially said only email addresses and ”ICC-ID numbers,” a seemingly unimportant identifier, were leaked. But those ICC-ID numbers reveal a lot about users, their identity and their location.

  3. Donald Johnstonon 17 Jun 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Have you checked into what the security level is like between the keyboard and the iPad? And then, of course, relate that level to the likelihood of the wireless link being used for eves dropping. The bad guys get a lot more from attacking a server then from watching a individual typing on a keyboard!

  4. Mikeon 21 Jun 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Perhaps, but saying that you don’t have to worry about it because the odds of someone targeting You with it is just security through obscurity, and I’m pretty sure it’s been decided that’s generally not a winning choice. While the odds of someone getting you at your local coffee shop may seem small, you’d be surprised how many times I’ve been sitting drinking my coffee at different places and overheard people talking of their networks or of attacks their conducting/attempting. At least I’m surprised by it.

    Now, go to somewhere like a security conference and I’d expect your chances of an attack to go up substantially, if for no other reason than that you’re in a target rich environment. That and there are a lot more opportunities in attacking bluetooth than just trying to compromise the channel to capture what goes across.

    Oh, and thanks Rich and guest for mentioning RequestPolicy. Hadn’t heard of it before but it sure seems handy.

  5. Courieron 29 Jun 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I think we’re still a few years away from voice recognition technology that can deal with weird accents, mumbling, the need not to learn someone’s voice, background noise. But, when it does happen it’s goodbye keyboard (thankfully).

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