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).
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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.
Latest version from the official Apple website:
QWERTY - International & QWERTY - US
The link below is to the overview of all keyboard layouts that Apple provides. Might be useful.