First blog post

Apple Keyboard and TrackPad 2 can be used through wired USB, NO Bluetooth required!


So, I created a WordPress account to post a comment about a review at:



A tray that holds both the new Magic TrackPad 2 and Magic Keyboard together:

MORE IMPORTANTLY: Apple Magic Keyboard and TrackPad 2 can be used through wired USB, no Bluetooth required!

…despite Apple’s claim to require “Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer
with OS X v10.11 or later”

I found in an Apple forum asking to “Bring Back the Apple MB869LL/A
(A1242) Wired Compact USB Keyboard” [written 6/2013):

In the comments section, read a post by “Attention Miser”:
> Attention Miser Apr 7, 2016 4:28 PM in response to arya.i
> It’s back! The new Magic Keyboard works via the charging cable! I’m using it right now with Bluetooth turned off!

It’s true! (The switch has to be on of course.)

In addition to working on a MacBook Pro Retina 15″ Late 2013 running
Yosemite 10.10.5, works, too, in Windows 7 running in Boot Camp on a
MacBook Pro 15″ Early 2011. (Was the only Windows 7 system I had
ready on hand.)

As further tests, I connected and used the Magic Keyboard to 2011/2012
ThinkPad X220i Tablet, with Bluetooth disabled in the OS, running: Windows
10, Ubuntu 12 and 14.

(The ThinkPad is multi-boot using GRUB; the Magic Keyboard doesn’t
work for choosing the OS to boot into, although I did not try changing any BIOS USB settings.)