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Apple recently released a new keyboard that's basically a MacBook keyboard for desktop computers. It's amazingly thin, but still sloped like a normal keyboard, making it very comfortable for the wrists. The front is just barely off the desk, and the back is lower than the front of most other models.
It has the distinctive feel of a laptop keyboard, with the shallow travel and the little clicky-crunch feel, so if you like the old clacky IBM Model M style boards, this is not for you. If on the other hand you've spent a lot of time on laptops (like myself), then you might enjoy this.
But as awesome as it is, it's still not perfect. It's still QWERTY. But that's easy to fix.
All you need is a small screwdriver or any other small, hard object that you can use as a lever. Start at the top left of the key, pry it up gently, then pull backwards until the key twitches slightly. That's the keycap connected to the scissor-switch. You want to pop the keycap off and leave the spring below in place. Pry upwards gently, and the keycap should come lose. If not, try pulling the screwdriver a bit farther up (you need to by prying on the last tiny bit of the keycap.).
After that, do the same thing on the left corner too, and the keycap should just pop off. Note the two little clips on the bottom of the upside down keycap above -- those are what you are trying to detach. Check the spring below (it should be connected on the two top corners).
This is how far in your lever should be -- any deeper, and you are prying against the spring. Be careful of this, since it won't get the cap off and it might break your board if you keep at it.
And that's all there is to it. Just pop off, make a space, and put the key on the new spring by setting it in place and slowly and firmly pushing down. For letters that are symmetrical (S, N, I, O), check the bottoms to make sure you're putting it on right side up (they won't stick unless they are on the right way).
Nearly done. Remember, not every key needs to be moved.
Now put your old (Colemak) keyboard on a shelf and enjoy your new slim model.
Dirty old QWERTY IBM keyboard for gaming under Boot Camp not included.