I know there are many opinions on this subject but I wonder about a few things: why threw apple the backlit keyboard on the mba out in the first place? Was it: -space -battery life -weight -costs and is there any chance they might throw it in again? It's worth the wait for me. Using an 13"mbp from a friend now. The 11"mba would be more than good enough for my needs but i would really miss the backlit keyboard. I'm no good at typing and most of the time I live without electricity so the backlit keyboard is a great feature to me in the winter/evenings.