Exchanging MBA and rMBP keycaps

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

  1. megasad macrumors member

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    #1
    I have a 2011 11" MacBook Air with the International English keyboard layout:

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

    [​IMG]

    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:

    Code:
    §±  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

    miles01110

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    #2
    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

    alphaod

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    NYC
    #3
    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

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    Aug 29, 2009
    #4
    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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