A group of filings posted to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission website yesterday reveal upcoming upgrades for Apple’s Magic Mouse and wireless keyboard. Images accompanying the filings point to the Magic Mouse’s successor to simply be titled “Magic Mouse 2,” but no specific name was attached to the wireless keyboard.
The internals of both devices will see a notable overhaul in their Bluetooth capabilities, with each device getting a bump from Bluetooth 2.1 to Bluetooth 4.2. The upgrade should bring notable differences in battery life and more robust communication between the devices and the computer.
The filings also note the inclusion of integrated lithium battery packs which users will have to charge instead of swapping in traditional AA batteries. The change in noticeable on the wireless keyboard, with Apple being able to remove the barrel shaped feature on the bottom of the current wireless keyboard.
Both the Magic Mouse 2 and the wireless keyboard have undergone testing with the “per-production” builds of each device, so the possibility of a fall release is likely.