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

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


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:

EN International Apple keyboard:

International English

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    You probably have to fix the titles of those images ;-)
    – VdesmedT
    Jun 11 '15 at 14:33
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    Second keyboard seems to be the British layout.
    – Debilski
    Jun 18 '15 at 9:22
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    2nd keyboard is not British, as it has # over 3. British has £. It's International English.
    – Tetsujin
    Oct 23 '15 at 7:46
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    @WhatHiFi it was not clear what I wanted to say: I meant about the position of the two keys: backslash and enter. The position of the backslash in the US keyboard is really weird. (Or, to put it correctly: I am not at all used to such a position. I am used with the position of the backslash key in the bottom-left of the Enter key, not on top of it. Also, I am used with the vertical Enter key.) But the other keys on the International keyboard I find them really weird: who the hell uses ± or § signs? And of course everyone knows that the tilde and backquote are below Esc and above Tab :D Jun 1 '17 at 21:53
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    Coming across the same topic 4 months later, I just realized: The ± and § keys are for the professionals working in law and/or business, while the ~ and ` are for programmers. :) Oct 25 '17 at 15:42

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

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    While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. - From Review
    – techraf
    Feb 13 '17 at 12:21
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    I agree with @techraf. But, maybe you can place the images of the two keyboards in question here.
    – n1000
    Feb 13 '17 at 12:58
  • @n1000 But those images were already provided years ago in the first answer. This answer is really kind of pointless. Feb 13 '17 at 13:31
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    @TomGewecke Why do you think it is pointless? I agree it is more of a comment, but it points to an official Apple support document. Personally, I find that an important information for this question.
    – n1000
    Feb 13 '17 at 13:34
  • Added the images of the layouts as well, as requested. Sorry it's 1 big image, I'm not allowed to add more then 2 links atm. Feb 13 '17 at 13:57

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 '15 at 15:37

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