Apple updates its core products once every year but the company hasn’t been paying that kind of attention to its iconic input devices, the Magic Mouse and the wireless keyboard. The Magic Mouse hasn’t really been updated since 2009 and the wireless keyboard hasn’t received an update since even before that. It’s safe to say that we would like to see a new Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard, turns out Apple does have something in the works.
Regulatory filings have been discovered which show that the new Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard are going to be released in the near future, the FCC filings point to a new wireless keyboard and an Apple Magic Mouse 2.
It is unclear from the filings how the external design of these products will be changed but we do find out that they will get an internal overhaul. They will no longer be stuck to Bluetooth 4.0 instead the new peripherals will have support for Bluetooth 4.0.
Another interesting change pointed out in the filings is the possibility that these peripherals may eliminate the need for AA batteries and may come with built-in lithium-ion batteries which means users will no longer have to change batteries ever again.
One can’t say for sure when the new Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard will be released but I wouldn’t hesitate putting my money on the possibility that they debut with the refreshed iMacs that Apple is supposed to unveil in the next couple of months.