Apple Extended Keyboard II Apple Extended Keyboard II

Apple Extended Keyboard II Explained

On October 15, 1990, Apple introduced the Apple Extended Keyboard II as part of their Apple Keyboard series. Apple designed, manufactured and sold this pointing device until its discontinuation on March 14, 1994.

The Apple Extended Keyboard II featured Function Keys on the top row and adjustable-height feet, making it a versatile option for users. It also utilized the new input connection method, the Apple Desktop BUS (ADB), which allowed for compatibility with the Macintosh and Apple II product lines.

At the time of its release, the Apple Extended Keyboard II was sold separately for $163. Today, 33 years after its discontinuation, the Apple Extended Keyboard II remains a classic input device for Apple enthusiasts and retro-tech enthusiasts alike.

While the Apple Extended Keyboard II may not be in production anymore, it’s worth looking back at this piece of Apple history and appreciating the innovative features it brought to the table.

Macintosh IIfx with Portrait Display and Extended Keyboard II
Source: applemuzeumpolska.pl – Macintosh IIfx with Portrait Display and Extended Keyboard II

Apple Extended Keyboard II Details

IntroducedOctober 15, 1990
DiscontinuedMarch 14, 1994
Model NumberM3501
M0312
Original Price$163
Weight2.7 Ibs.
1.224 KG
Dimensions0.75″-1.6″ H* x 18.7″ W x 7.7″ D
1.87-4.06 cm H* x 47.49 cm W x 19.55 cm D
*Dimension front-rear

System Requirements

  • Macintosh with ADB port

Keyboard Specs

Keys in Total105
Alphanumeric48
Special1 – Power
15 – Function keys
Numeric18
Cursor-control4 (T-style)

Connections

ConnectionADB

Further Reading and References

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Last updated: May 27, 2023