Backlit keyboard on (new) entry-level MacBook?

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  1. Aztec macrumors regular

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    During the keynote, it was specified that only the higher end MacBook would have a backlit keyboard but while going through the BTO options, I noticed that the entry-level MacBook had a backlit keyboard...Error or do both MacBooks have them?
     
  2. StingerT125 macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's an error, because on the other screens describing the features, it is mentioned as only on the higher model.
     
  3. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    No. BOTH new MacBooks have a backlit keyboard. Only the old white system won't. I confirmed this by buying one. :p
     
  4. Aztec thread starter macrumors regular

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    Buying Online? How does that confirm? Unless you have one right now, it could still be an error.
     
  5. gospel9 macrumors regular

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    Really? Did you buy one online or from a store?
    It's not showing the specs page but only in the config...
     
  6. Aztec thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's definitely an error:

    2.0GHz MacBook

    Built-in full-size keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
    2.4GHz MacBook

    2.4GHz MacBook

    Built-in full-size illuminated keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted “T” arrangement)
     
  7. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    There will be hell to pay if it's wrong. :)
     
  8. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    My guess the 2.1Ghz old MacBook won't have it, and that's what the page should say.
     
  9. asphyxiafeeling macrumors regular

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    hey guys, i just chatted with an apple store rep. apparently the low end 1299 macbook DOES have a backlit keybaord. here's the convo:


    You are chatting with Tomeca F, an Apple Expert
    Hi, my name is Tomeca F. Welcome to Apple!

    Tomeca F: Good evening.

    Tomeca F: Would you like help with your shopping?

    You: yes, i have a question

    You: hello

    You: umm, well i am considering buying the new macbook. at the page where you can select BTO options it says that the keyboard is backlit. if this is true, that's wonderful. but everywhere else on your site it specifies that the low end macbook is NOT backlit. what can i believe?

    Tomeca F: It now has a backlit keyboard.

    Tomeca F: We are in the process of updating everything,sorry.

    You: it's ok. so. to clarify. if i purchase the $1,299 macbook, it will ship with a backlit keyboard?

    Tomeca F: Yes.

    You: ok, thank you very much. this clears things up :)


    im saving this! if my new macbook doesn't have a backlit keyboard, i'm going to call apple up to complain! either i'm getting a backlit keyboard, or unfortunately Tomeca F will have some explaining to do!
     
  10. Munitalp macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for posting this!
    I wonder why she said "It now has a backlit keyboard, we are in the process of updating everything"? I mean thats the problem is that it ALREADY says it has one.
     
  11. pufftissue macrumors regular

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    I will guarantee you that the entry level macbook doesn't have a backlit keyboard. Interpret that as "I betcha it won't"

    Apple loves to upsell you things. I really hope I'm wrong, but history is on my side.
     
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  13. G5power macrumors 6502

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    It sure would seem to follow Apple's normal up sell pattern to not have the back lit keyboard on the mid prices MB. However the person that saved the online chat with Apple is in a good spot if there MB doesn't have the back lit feature.

    For people comparing the new MB to the closeout priced MBP this should tip the balance to the $1349 15 inch MBP.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Sheesh, people! Apple has a website! Try it! The new MacBook, both the 2.0 and the 2.4GHz models, has backlit keyboards. Just go to the store to configure one and read!
     

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  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It says so, right on their website. No need to double-post or start a new thread for something that's obvious.
     
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  17. Chundles macrumors G4

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    The tech specs on the Apple website list only the 2.4GHz MacBook as having the backlit keyboard. I'd say the bloke on the iChat was talking out of his arse.
     
  18. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    No, it still says two different things. Depends on where you click.
     

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    From Apple's site, as well:

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  21. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Well, here it certainly implies that both models do.

    (edit: sorry, that was the display -- but the distinction is not made elsewhere)
     
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MB466LL/A?mco=MTkzOTIzOQ
     
  23. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    The store and actual product pages on Apple.com are developed by different teams and I believe that the product page folks are much closer to the development teams.

    I assure you guys - the $1299 MacBook does NOT have a backlit keyboard. If you buy one hoping for that then you will be disappointed!
     
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