Apple Extended Keyboard II Teardown
These are some common tools used to work on this device. You might not need every tool for every procedure.
Apple Extended Keyboard II ¶
The Apple Extended Keyboard II (or AEKII) was released in 1990 as a successor to the Apple Extended Keyboard. It's smaller footprint and slight improvements make it a favorite for keyboard collectors and mechanical keyboard enthusiasts. The keyboard has two Apple Desktop Bus (ADB) connectors, and was meant to be used to "daisy chain" a mouse or additional keypad to the keyboard. While ADB is no longer supported, a ADB to USB adaptor, such as the Griffin iMate can be used. In addition, there are a number of modifications that can be made to allow the keyboard to support USB protocols.
Cream damped Alps ¶
The most common switch in the Apple Extended Keyboard. Contains dampeners to quiet the strike.
Salmon Alps ¶
A tactile switch with salmon-coloured slider.
Mitsumi Standard Mechanical ¶
All-white Mitsumi standard mechanical, with Alps mount sliders. Japanese only.
White damped Alps ¶
A rare variation of the Cream damped Alps switch, with the biggest difference that the sliders are pure white. Non clicky, and feel similar to its cream dampened cousin.