What exactly is the difference between US English QWERTY and International English QWERTY Apple keyboards?

I'm talking about the hardware keyboards specifically, not about keyboard layouts (in System Settings).

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The most important differences are the size and position of the Enter/Return, and a few differences in the layout. The ~ key and the \ key have an entirely different position on both keyboards. Also, the US keyboard has no label (although it can be entered: Alt+Shift+2).

The International keyboard (‘keyboard type’ = ISO) also has one more key than the US keyboard (‘keyboard type’ = ANSI). Some Apple keyboard layouts use that key for essential characters, and this can cause problems for users with only the US keyboard.

Below is a high-quality visual comparison.

US QWERTY Apple keyboard:

US keyboard

EN International Apple keyboard:

International keyboard

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    "...the US keyboard has no € label" - this seems to imply that the international English keyboard has a key with a € label but that's not the case - if the attached images are correct.
    – Kristof
    Oct 6, 2022 at 18:14
  • Sneaky that the hardware US Qwerty layout from Apple is named English US International on Linux's software mapping... But eh, we have a clear answer on the regular non-L-shaped return key thanks to this, the idea of looking for the keyboard updating live on their website is also a very good approach indeed!
    – kissu
    Nov 15, 2023 at 9:41

Latest version from the official Apple website:

QWERTY - International & QWERTY - US

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The link below is to the overview of all keyboard layouts that Apple provides. Might be useful.

Link: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201794

  • The image is incorrectly labelled. The English keyboard has the large Enter key. Mar 26 at 21:00

It doesn't have the alternate "upper" characters of the number keys, i.e. the pound sign.

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    I don't understand what you are talking about. US qwerty and En International have the pound sign £ in exactly the same place, alt plus 3. Neither of them have it printed on the key. Jul 28, 2015 at 15:37

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