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v2club
Apr 24, 2011, 08:22 PM
Is there any way to get a backlit keyboard on 13" MBA? For example buying one for 13" MBP and swapping it? And would Apple bring it back when they launch the new MBA in the summer?



jlblodgett
Apr 24, 2011, 08:49 PM
I encourage you to search the forums. There are probably 1,000 posts on the Macbook Air's lack of a backlit keyboard.

maclaptop
Apr 24, 2011, 08:51 PM
I agree

TheMacBookPro
Apr 24, 2011, 09:13 PM
To answer your question, no.

I think the blk requires another port on the mobo or something to give it power.

Also- the space under the keyboard is pretty tight as it is so good luck getting the optic fiber to run to each key.

Besides there would be no way to control it. The power button on the Air is where the eject button is on other Macs, the eject button is on F12 and thus F5/F6 to control the backlighting would not work.

Beanoir
Apr 25, 2011, 04:45 AM
Can't be done for a number of reasons. Which i've outlined before but can't be bothered to go into again. But the answer is "NO"

robeddie
Apr 25, 2011, 05:51 AM
In answer to his other question, whether the backlit keyboard will make a re-appearance in the next MBA ... I would say the jury is out.

Some are convinced there are technical reasons why the blk isn't in the current model, and those same reasons will prevent the inclusion of the blk in the next MBA.

I, on the other hand, along with others, don't agree with that assumption, and think there's a decent chance the next MBA will in fact have a backlit keyboard.

Ommid
Apr 25, 2011, 05:57 AM
My air is backlit!? Is the new one not??

robeddie
Apr 25, 2011, 07:08 AM
My air is backlit!? Is the new one not??

The origianal MBA (early 2008), the late 2008 MBA, and the mid 2009 MBA all had backlit keyboards.

None of the late 2010 (redesigned) MBA's have it, and it is not an add-on option.

rhinosrcool
Apr 25, 2011, 07:22 AM
In answer to his other question, whether the backlit keyboard will make a re-appearance in the next MBA ... I would say the jury is out.

Some are convinced there are technical reasons why the blk isn't in the current model, and those same reasons will prevent the inclusion of the blk in the next MBA.

I, on the other hand, along with others, don't agree with that assumption, and think there's a decent chance the next MBA will in fact have a backlit keyboard.

Yes, I agree. Like the lock switch on the iPad, this is frequently requested (according to this and other Mac sites).