Apple IIc Keyboard Parts




The Apple IIc came with two different keyboards (and 3 sets of keycaps).

All parts are sold individually. Key caps are available here.

Apple 820-0108, 658-4047. The first IIc keyboard, Apple designed their own switches for the regular ones. The Caps Lock, 80/40 and Keyboard Switches were a unique kind of Alps. This will be referred to as the Apple keyboard for parts purposes. It also uses a rubber spill guard, so you can tell right away if you have this keyboard once you have removed a cap. Regular switches have a white + shaped post and have an apple logo on the base of each. Note that most switches are black, but we have recently come across one with white switches! The one in the photo has Photocircuits Altanta stamped on the pcb, although we have seen different ones of these as well.

Apple 699-0065, 658-4087. Stamped ALPS12KC538A on the PCB. The second keyboard uses Alps switches and is similar in style and parts to their other Apple keyboards of that time. This will be referred to as the Alps keyboard for parts purposes.When you remove a cap, you will see either amber or cream colored switches with rectangular posts. The Apple IIc is the only keyboard that uses amber colored Alps switches.

Apple switch keyboard:

  • Key Switch (Apple) Choose Black or White!
  • Caps Lock, 80/40, Keyboard Switches (Apple) Note that these are Alps switches, but unlike any other on Apple keyboards
  • Spill guard
  • Gasket (under spill guard and fastened to the top of the switches)
  • Plastic girder (stiffener on the back). Includes fasteners.
  • Disk Use light (red)
  • Power light (green)
  • Space bar stabilizer bar (usually sold with space bar)
  • Stabilizer clips on bottom of space bar (usually sold with space bar)

Alps keyboard: Shown as the bottom keyboard in the first photo and in last two photos

  • Key Switch (Alps amber)*
  • Caps Lock, 80/40, Keyboard Switches (Alps cream)*
  • Brown clips on the underside of the large keycaps for the stabilizer bar to slide into (usually included on the keycaps)*
  • Space Bar Post Receptacle* (post is usually included on keycap)
  • Base Stabilizer bar clips (black)*
  • Space Bar Stabilizer Bar
  • Shift Stabilizer Bar
  • Control, Return Stabilizer Bar
  • Disk Use light (red)
  • Power light (green)

*These parts may be interchangeable with some IIc Plus, IIGS, Apple Keyboard M0116, Extended Keyboard M0115, Extended Keyboard II M0312 or M3501 although the colors will vary.