Apple Bluetooth Keyboard MC184LL/B Issues

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    There's a new keyboard in town and it's replacing the original MC184LL/A Bluetooth Keyboard. According to Apple the differences are subtle being slightly tweaked to accommodate OS Lion on Mac. According to Apple, the only changes should have been the F3 and F4 keys (icons) for Mission control and some other feature I can't remember at the moment. However when it comes to ipad compatibility, the differences don't stop there. F3 and F4 on both the original /A and the newer /B model are not supported on ios, therefore there should be no difference between the two, but for some reason nobody really understands at this point, in the /B version (Apple is phasing out the /A) none of the F keys work such as Volume, Brightness and ipod controls. I've been in touch with Apple and they are unaware of this problem and have no answers as to why these features are not working in the /B version of the Bluetooth keyboard. So, for the time being Beware of the /B version if you're purchasing it for use with ios. While the standard keys work and typing is possible, those extra keys are not working on the /B version. If you can find the /A, grab one because it's unknown when, or even if those keys will be fixed in the /B iteration of the keyboard.
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    Interesting. If true this might explain a thread earlier this week in which a poster asked why the volume keys were not working on his/her Apple Wireless Keyboard. As I recall, the responses were along the lines of (a) reboot, (b) we don't believe you, and (c) take it back to the store.
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    That makes no sense to me at all, the keyboard does nothing in that it doesn't process anything, the keys are mapped in the host computers software. If they were hardwired incorrectly then they wouldn't work on any computer, it couldn't be an iPad only issue........saying that I have a horrendous headache so maybe I'm not thinking correctly!

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    I was the one having issues with those keys on my AWK and ipad2. How does one tell the difference between the /A and /B versions?
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    Glad you found the thread. Just guessing and someone else can probably provide better information but I'd suggest checking your box. Unfortunately, I just tossed mine a couple of days ago.

    P.S. Just did a google search and found some other folks with the same problem with the /B version running earlier versions of the Mac OS. The indication is that the /B designation is on the box.
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    I just checked my box and sure enough I have the /B version. I guess I am going to bring it back to the Apple store to see if they have any /A versions. I will let you know how I do! Thanks.

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    You're absolutely right, in theory, the only difference between the two iterations of the keyboard should have been the key icons. Everything else should have taken place in the OS. The real issue here is how Apple is going to correct this problem as obviously they did something more than a simple icon switch. Experience dictates that they will eventually identify the cause of the problem and correct it with a firmware update. For those of us with jail broken iPad 2's this is not a solution as a firmware update for us at this point is out of the question for obvious reasons. Best buy still has some /A's, $71.99; ironically $2 more than the $69.99 /B model. Amazon still has them @ $69.99.
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    If anyone's looking for an A model, there were plenty when I bought mine about two weeks ago at Best Buy. I paid $69.99 for mine. YMMV at your Best Buy.

    The model number is shown on the sticker that also shows the UPC code.
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    Has anyone seen the /A model at the Apple Store?
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    wow that goes against my better judgment, but good call on catching that, i doubt I would have :D
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    OK so I took my /B keyboard back to the Apple Store and they did not have any /A ones available. They took the return no problem. I then went over to Best Buy and they had about a dozen /B but did have two /A models. I grabbed the /A model and am typing this message on that one.

    The good news is the volume and brightness controls do work on the /A model keyboard. Also you can do command x, c and v (cut, copy and paste) just like on a windows keyboard. The pause/play forward and backward keys also work with Ipod songs and Pandora. I think there are other key benefits but not sure at this point.

    One negative I noticed is that hitting the spacebar twice does not produce a period like on the other keyboard. Not that big of a deal but surprised it doesn't. Anyone else notice this?

    Bottom line the /A just works better with the Ipad. Thanks to all for the suggestions!

    Marc
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    Marc,

    Glad you were able to resolve your problem. As far as assistance is concerned, just pay it forward. :)
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    Actually it is not an iPad only issue. I have tried using the B keyboard with my iTouch 4th generation version 4.1 and none of the f1-f12 keys work either. I'm suspecting it is the B-keyboards problem. A keyboard is definitely compatible in allowing you to use the full capacity of the wireless keyboard you paid for.
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    Hey guys i have a ipad 2 4.3.3 and could not get keyboard to work(was b model wireless bluetooth keyboard
    even paid for bt stack keyboard and no luck.
    i tried 2 brand-new ones and nothing
    so looked on craigslist and found A model and right away screen brightness and volume and play and pause worked
    fine even unlock !! from keyboard
    a model has different button layout then b model and i think theres no b model
    drivers for ipad yet so possibly os 5 if they remember to add it
    -i could not wait so i returned b model for a model
    and im happy!
    hope this solves the question if apple wireless bluetooth keyboard is compatible with ipad 2
    P.S I also tried hip street mini bluetooth keyboard as well and brightness and volume worked too
    and this is about using hot keys on ipad- regular typing always worked fine
    peace!
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    I've also purchased a model A keyboard and it works great with my ipad. I bought this at bestbuy.
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    Hello, all. New member here, so I apologize if this is being discussed elsewhere. I was curious as to whether this was still an issue. I have a third gen iPad and wanted to get a wireless keyboard for the pad and a later Mac mini purchase down the road. If this is an issue with the third gen ipad I'm damned either way a bit, because neither keyboard will be entirely compatible with both devices. Thanks for any advice and I look forward to exploring this forum.

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