Exchanging MBA and rMBP keycaps

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by megasad, Aug 24, 2012.

  1. megasad macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2009
    I have a 2011 11" MacBook Air with the International English keyboard layout:


    And I'm going to be getting a Retina MacBook Pro with the German keyboard layout:


    My question is; can I swap the keycaps from one with the other? I know how to change the keyboard layout in System Preferences, but having the keycaps match the characters that appear on screen will be very helpful :)

    The 23 keycaps that need exchanging are:

    §±  with  ^°
    2@  with  2"
    3#  with  3§
    6^  with  6&
    7&  with  7/
    8*  with  8(
    9(  with  9)
    0)  with  0=
    -_  with  ß?
    =+  with  ´`
    eE  with  eE€
    yY  with  zZ
    [{  with  üÜ
    ]}  with  +*
    lL  with  lL@
    ;:  with  öÖ
    '"  with  äÄ
    \|  with  #'
    `~  with  <>
    zZ  with  yY
    ,<  with  ,;
    .>  with  .:
    /?  with  -_
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Yes. The keys use the same "scissor" mechanism and are the same size. There are lots of Youtube videos that show you how to take the keys off... it's just a 1-1 swap.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    My 11" MacBook Air keys were definitely not the same size as my Retina MacBook Pro keys.

    I would suggest either ordering a computer with the correct key layout or buy a keyboard skin.
  4. megasad thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2009
    Dang, miles01110 got my hopes up :)

    I may yet get the English layout on the rMBP, but the person who'll inherit the MBA wants a German layout, is why I asked.

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