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.Max.
Feb 13, 2011, 05:12 AM
Hey :D
I was wondering if apart from the Sandy bridge rumor, if anyone is expecting them to put a backlit keyboard in at least one of the models again, Currently I have an original Macbook air but I've owned it for nearly 3 years now and one of my favourite things about it was the backlit keyboard, If the 11" had a backlit keyboard I would've bought it as soon as I saw it, but it doesn't :p

Thanks ;)



ArmCortexA8
Feb 13, 2011, 05:34 AM
Hey :D
I was wondering if apart from the Sandy bridge rumor, if anyone is expecting them to put a backlit keyboard in at least one of the models again, Currently I have an original Macbook air but I've owned it for nearly 3 years now and one of my favourite things about it was the backlit keyboard, If the 11" had a backlit keyboard I would've bought it as soon as I saw it, but it doesn't :p

Thanks ;)

Maybe next revision if enough people push for it - leave feedback here - http://www.apple.com/feedback/macbookair.html - I will also be suggesting this be added in the revision as not enough notebooks / laptops out there have this feature, and only the MacBook and MacBook Pro's have this feature. My MacBook Air should arrive tomorrow.

.Max.
Feb 13, 2011, 05:45 AM
Maybe next revision if enough people push for it - leave feedback here - http://www.apple.com/feedback/macbookair.html - I will also be suggesting this be added in the revision as not enough notebooks / laptops out there have this feature, and only the MacBook and MacBook Pro's have this feature. My MacBook Air should arrive tomorrow.

Okay Will do :) Thanks :D

Also Congrats on your new purchase! Great laptop, you won't regret it :p

Funkymonk
Feb 13, 2011, 06:40 AM
I'd bet on next revision. I think they excluded it just so they can include it back in the next time they update. Crafty

Buck987
Feb 13, 2011, 08:01 AM
I agree with funky...will be added in next revision. Along with better battery life hopefully.

zinka
Feb 13, 2011, 09:22 AM
Look for built-in 3G in the next MBA.

iPhoneCollector
Feb 13, 2011, 09:36 AM
Nope. It will have radio active keys that glow in the dark

topmounter
Feb 13, 2011, 12:07 PM
http://www.myglowkeys.com/

torbjoern
Feb 13, 2011, 12:12 PM
No.

Sent from my iPhone

colourfastt
Feb 13, 2011, 01:00 PM
My current MBA has a back-lit keyboard.

firewood
Feb 13, 2011, 01:21 PM
Is there room to add all the backlight LEDs, wiring and fiber optics without making the MBA any thicker and without making the keyboard flimsier?

If not, no way.

fyrefly
Feb 14, 2011, 12:47 PM
Is there room to add all the backlight LEDs, wiring and fiber optics without making the MBA any thicker and without making the keyboard flimsier?

If not, no way.

The 2010 MBA is .08 Inches (or ~2mm) thinner than the MBA's before it. If that's all it takes to put in a Blacklit keyboard, then I bet 99% of people wouldn't notice the 2mm difference. :P

Though I honestly believe it was a cost thing - shave every last bit of margin out of the machines, as the price of an SSD-equipped MBA dropped considerably between the two revisions.

hcho3
Feb 14, 2011, 02:18 PM
Sure, you can pay more. MBA price was slashed from 1499 dollars to 1299 dollars. Apple felt that by cutting 200 dollars. They will attract even more users, but they will have to sacrifice something. So, there.

People want sandy Bridge on MBA.
People want powerful GPU
People want it to be so thin
People want it to have backlit keyboard.

They complain about the price and battery life...

No, you cannot have everything.

MikePA
Feb 14, 2011, 02:29 PM
People want sandy Bridge on MBA.
People want powerful GPU
People want it to be so thin
People want it to have backlit keyboard.


Except for the 'thin' requirement, people who want this should buy a MBP.

linux2mac
Feb 14, 2011, 02:43 PM
I agree with funky...will be added in next revision. Along with better battery life hopefully.

I hope so too.

n1tut
Feb 14, 2011, 03:15 PM
Sure, you can pay more. MBA price was slashed from 1499 dollars to 1299 dollars. Apple felt that by cutting 200 dollars. They will attract even more users, but they will have to sacrifice something. So, there.

People want sandy Bridge on MBA.
People want powerful GPU
People want it to be so thin
People want it to have backlit keyboard.

They complain about the price and battery life...

No, you cannot have everything.

Lord knows what it takes to keep some of you satisfied. This is my first Mac after 30 years of M/S O/S, and my 11.6" MBA basic has been a revelation. It just does everything I want it to do effortlessly and quickly as well as being a superbly designed product. A computer does not have to be tactile and a brilliant piece of engineering to do the job, but if it is then surely that is a bonus.

So is it not better to use it with the spec that you bought it with instead of bemoaning the bezel width, lack of 10 hour battery life, processor spec, backlit keyboard etc, and enjoy the fact that there is just not anything else out there that can compare with it?

tut

.Max.
Feb 14, 2011, 03:58 PM
Sure, you can pay more. MBA price was slashed from 1499 dollars to 1299 dollars. Apple felt that by cutting 200 dollars. They will attract even more users, but they will have to sacrifice something. So, there.

People want sandy Bridge on MBA.
People want powerful GPU
People want it to be so thin
People want it to have backlit keyboard.

They complain about the price and battery life...


I'd say Sandybridge, Yes. I mean it's just a CPU upgrade, nothing too dramatic... This also increases battery life :D

GPU - It's nearly a notebook... So no for me :p

Thinness - Any thinner and i'll get paper/laptop cuts ;)

Backlit keyboard - Well seing they had it in before, I'm sure it can't be too hard to put it back in, and like someone else said, They got rid of it just to put it back in as an upgrade :p (Hopefully) and it kind of seems a step backward to include it.. then not include it ;)

BittenApple
Feb 14, 2011, 04:19 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if it did show up in the next revision.

That70sGAdawg
Feb 16, 2011, 05:44 PM
Even though I miss the backlit keyboard of my 17" Pro, Adding backlights is going to cause more battery drain...

hcho3
Feb 16, 2011, 05:50 PM
I'd say Sandybridge, Yes. I mean it's just a CPU upgrade, nothing too dramatic... This also increases battery life :D

GPU - It's nearly a notebook... So no for me :p

Thinness - Any thinner and i'll get paper/laptop cuts ;)

Backlit keyboard - Well seing they had it in before, I'm sure it can't be too hard to put it back in, and like someone else said, They got rid of it just to put it back in as an upgrade :p (Hopefully) and it kind of seems a step backward to include it.. then not include it ;)

GPU= Intel graphic card is the only option with sandy bridge.

Backlit keyboard= Can't be too hard to put it back in? No. They took it out to cut the cost down. Maybe you are not even reading what I wrote.

If you want all of those features, get yourself a MBP.

bowlerman625
Feb 16, 2011, 06:54 PM
No

topmounter
Feb 16, 2011, 09:02 PM
I prefer the new frontlit keyboard design.

size100
Feb 17, 2011, 06:46 PM
app store sells mavis beacon if you want to learn how to type without looking at the keyboard.

buckawheat
Feb 21, 2011, 11:20 PM
I won't buy a new Air without a backlit keyboard. This may not be an important feature for many, but for me, it is. I use my air in darker presentation rooms and meetings where presentations are on screen and it is just too hard to see the keys on the new one. I really want an 11.6" air, but will not buy until such time there is a backlit keyboard option.

I touch type but there are always keys that you need to find that you rarely use. That is when the light is appreciated and needed. Why do people have to get angry about the possibility of re-including it...they have the option to turn it off.

Buck987
Feb 22, 2011, 10:31 PM
I won't buy a new Air without a backlit keyboard. This may not be an important feature for many, but for me, it is. I use my air in darker presentation rooms and meetings where presentations are on screen and it is just too hard to see the keys on the new one. I really want an 11.6" air, but will not buy until such time there is a backlit keyboard option.

I touch type but there are always keys that you need to find that you rarely use. That is when the light is appreciated and needed. Why do people have to get angry about the possibility of re-including it...they have the option to turn it off.

agree...it is worthwhile feature if confronted with enough times typing in the dark

mr3cho
Feb 23, 2011, 12:55 AM
I think when the designers and engineers got into a room and started jotting down the attributes for the ultimate portable machine... batt life, power and portability were at the top of the list. backlit keyboard is a nice-to-have and when it works against batt life, a top attribute, it was nix'ed. Also instead of them getting complaints of 'hey i want backlit keyboard!' ...it would be 'hey you lied...i can't get up to 7-hours batt life!!'

but think if it this way, the Air will make all of us better typists. and fyi, the mac app store has a free learn-to-type app called...'Typist'

Finally to make an attempt at answering your question. Maybe? ...they may include it in the next edition because they may be able to reel in this segment of customers if large enough.

Personally I'd rather have the batt life and learn to type - makes you more productive and efficient.

GadgetAddict
Feb 23, 2011, 02:47 AM
http://www.myglowkeys.com/

As practical as it may be, IMO fluorescent yellow does not go well with the Air's aesthetics..

SwedishBassist
Feb 23, 2011, 02:56 AM
I wouldn't bet on it.

2IS
Feb 23, 2011, 03:19 AM
Personally I'd rather have the batt life and learn to type - makes you more productive and efficient.

I agree. I'd only want a BL keyboard if there was also an option to turn it off and if it wouldn't make the MBA any thicker.

.Max.
Feb 23, 2011, 04:19 AM
GPU= Intel graphic card is the only option with sandy bridge.

Backlit keyboard= Can't be too hard to put it back in? No. They took it out to cut the cost down. Maybe you are not even reading what I wrote.

If you want all of those features, get yourself a MBP.

But I don't want a Pro :p I was only asking for a backlit keyboard... Like my first gen has :p

Wild-Bill
Feb 23, 2011, 11:06 AM
I agree. I'd only want a BL keyboard if there was also an option to turn it off and if it wouldn't make the MBA any thicker.


Funny. My 2008 (rev.c) MBA has a backlit keyboard and, whoa!, an option via the F-keys to dim or completely turn it off !!!!!!

2IS
Feb 23, 2011, 11:09 AM
Funny. My 2008 (rev.c) MBA has a backlit keyboard and, whoa!, an option via the F-keys to dim or completely turn it off !!!!!!

Why is that so funny?