Apple Keyboard (2011): New key placement and functionality
The aluminum Apple Keyboard (2011) has several new features. One of the most noticeable changes is the newly-labeled keys for use with OS X Lion features, such as Launchpad and Mission Control.
These keyboards are designed for and work best with OS X Lion. The function keys are:
- F7 - Previous track
- F8 - Play/Pause
- F9 - Next track
- F10 - Mute
- F11 - Volume down
- F12 - Volume up
Brightness controls are F1 and F2 respectively.
For OS X Lion, the F3 key activates Mission Control. The F4 key activates Launchpad.
For Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard, access Exposé with the F3 key and Dashboard with the F4 key.
Additionally, the Mission Control key (F3) has expanded functions:
- F3: Mission Control (all windows, Desktop Spaces, and Dashboard)
- Ctrl+F3: Mission Control (application windows)
- Cmd+F3: Mission Control (desktop)
To access the F keys as function keys (F1-F12), press and hold the (Fn) key while pressing a function key, F1 through F12, to use it as function key. F5 and F6 are exceptions; they are not dual-purpose keys and do not require the function key.
The Eject key is beside the F12 (volume up) key.
For additional information, see OS X Lion: About wired and wireless keyboards.