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Magic Mouse Blamed for Draining Bluetooth Keyboard Batteries


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Over the weekend, TUAW pointed to a growing chorus of complaints in Apple's discussion forums from users who have seen poor battery life from their Apple wireless keyboards after moving to the company's new Magic Mouse, which began shipping in late October. According to the reports, some users are finding that their wireless keyboards are running through batteries on a nearly-weekly basis since switching to the Magic Mouse, although an exact cause of the problem has not yet been determined.
The issue, which was noted early last month by MacNN, has begun receiving more attention as it continues to be unresolved. The complaints appear to be coming from users of Apple's older, three-battery aluminum wireless keyboard, which was replaced with a new, two-battery version that initially shipped with Apple's new iMacs released in October and also made available for individual sale. Few, if any, reports have come from users of the new keyboard model, although it is unclear if the new model is unaffected or if there is simply a larger sample of users of the older model who would be more likely to notice a change in battery performance than recent purchasers of the new model.
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Hmmm... no problems here. And I have the older keyboard with the Magic Mouse. Use it daily, 8 hours a day and haven't had to change batteries in either since I got the MM.

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My wireless keyboard it the Polycarbonate unit and both that and the Magic Mouse operate as the Mighty Mouse did before it. Magic Mouse stays on 24/7 and needs recharged batteries every 2-3 weeks
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Really, i have no problems with my keyboard and magic mouse.
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I've had mine for a good few months now and had no problems.

Batteries died in my mouse long before the keyboard.

Had about 4 months and still about 40% battery life left on keyboard.
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Attention readers of this thread:

Apple today issued a firmware update for their aluminum BT keyboards. From the press release:

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This firmware update improves battery performance of the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard when used in combination with other bluetooth devices (eg. Magic Mouse, some bluetooth headsets) and addresses an issue with the 2007 aluminum Apple Keyboard and the 2007 aluminum Apple Wireless Keyboard where a key may repeat unexpectedly while typing.
Should be available via Software Update now or shortly.
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I have the older Bluetooth keyboard and the magic mouse. So does my wife. We're doing fine, no battery problems here.
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Attention readers of this thread:

Apple today issued a firmware update for their aluminum BT keyboards. From the press release:



Should be available via Software Update now or shortly.
That explains it then. My Alu BT keyboard is a 2008 model. It sounds like it's limited to those produced in 2007.

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What is the estimated battery life for the Ally BT keyboards. i bought it from pc world just after christmas and i got the magic mouse around the same time. I've had to change the batteries about 4 times since i got it but I'm still on the same batt's for the mouse it's at about 36% now. Is this good?
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No issues with those here. Never had to recharge them for over 2 months.

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I noted that the local Best Buy in my town is having some issues with keyboards draining out. And someone *possibly* stole the display Magic Mouse's from the store on Saturday. The iMac's on display were pretty much useless. I went over to a MacBook Pro 15"...instant one night-stand love affair- I know I'll never get one anytime soon!

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