French Keyboard ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lazarusbf, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. lazarusbf macrumors member

    lazarusbf

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2010
    Location:
    Belgium
    #1
    Hello

    i'm located in Belgium and will order a new MBP in the upcoming weeks on the (US) AppleStore. Of course i'll have it delivered to a friend of mine's who lives in the USA and comes back over here in May so in my order i will specify the french keyboard option BUT:

    can anyone tell if this is a proper french keyboard (azerty) or a canadian (qwerty and accents) french ?

    thanks for your answers :)
     
  2. emir macrumors 6502a

    emir

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2008
    Location:
    Istanbul
    #2
    i don't know the answer to your question but i think you can't order from US Apple store from Belgium unless you have an american credit card. If it did i would order to a friend's house in USA, also i am form Turkey. If you know a way please let me know.
     
  3. lazarusbf thread starter macrumors member

    lazarusbf

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2010
    Location:
    Belgium
    #3
    I will tell you later on.
    I am not planning to order it before early May.

    To me it should work, i think i saw the possibility of 'gift', meaning you could order it from abroad/overseas if delivered in the USA.

    Otherwise no big deal, i will transfer the money to my mate and he will order it himself.
     
  4. lazarusbf thread starter macrumors member

    lazarusbf

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2010
    Location:
    Belgium
    #4
    Hello
    re-activating my topic as i'm about to order my MBP for good now.

    i want to know exactly what kind of keyboard a 'french' keyboard is on the US Applestore.
    i cannot ask myself on Apple's site as i have no login, i have never had a mac so far.
    can anyone help or even ask the question by email for me please ?

    this is rather important as if their so-called 'french' keyboard is not the proper keyboard we have here in Europe (with accents on letter like é-è-à-ù etc), that would mean i would still buy my MBP (regular US keyboard then) in the USA but then not on the AStore but elsewhere where i could avoid taxes for delivery to Pennsylvania (+7%).

    please please please someone take 1 minute to ask by phone/mail to the Apple Helpdesk/hotline and get me an accurate answer..that would be very nice from you.

    thanks a million :)
     
  5. piwi macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2006
    #5
    Why don't you try and call 1-800-MY-APPLE and ask them? I reckon it will be a French Canadian keyboard.
    I always get QWERTY keyboards (I'm French though), they are so much more convenient when it comes to numbers!!
    Besides, you can do any accent by pressing an extra key with QWERTY Macs (Option-E etc.)
     
  6. BlackZ macrumors member

    BlackZ

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    #6
    Why bother to order still from the US? The EUR is weaker every day, the Dollar is stronger every day. I would check how much profit you will make before ordering it here in the US. Will the 100EUR difference make a big difference for you in the end?

    I bought a MBP 13" french keyboard for my wife and it is just like in French Azerty that she knows it.

    *EDIT*
    And I agree with Piwi, QWERTY feels good. It is just a habit to write accents.
    I am from Belgium as well but moved over to the US 2,5years ago and did the switchover without any issues.
     
  7. trephineartist macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2010
    Location:
    South Of France
    #7
    Is it really worth the hassle to order from the US?

    About a month back I was considering buying a i7 15" MBP from UK Applestore, with 140€ saving on the french Applestore. But a few days ago the difference was just 40€ due to changes of the pound against the euro.


    Also, my six year PBG4 (my only comp so far!) has a french keyboard. Its no problem for numbers, just press the F6 key.
     
  8. lazarusbf thread starter macrumors member

    lazarusbf

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2010
    Location:
    Belgium
    #8
    I'm located in Belgium, i do not have access to such phone numbers.

    What's a french canadian keyboard ?
    I went to Google, i found this

    [​IMG]

    So i have the "é" letter only and no à/ù/è apparently. Definitely going for the usual US keyboard then.

    That's good to know, thanks. Is it boring to do when doing this a lot ?


    I'm still bothering to order in the US since i transfered a long time ago over 3.000$ to my friend living in Pittsburgh. I knew the $ would be stronger now so i
    was clever on this issue. I'm still saving over 600$ in my order. And as i say, i will save even more if i go for the US keyboard through Amazon or another site that doesn't charge taxes within US states (while the AS charge 7%).
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    #9
    It'll be a QWERTY keyboard, as it is everywhere in the world but france and belgium.

    I have the french canadian keyboard, I can always take a picture of it if you're worried.
     
  10. piwi macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2006
    #10
    Yes that would be a french canadian keyboard. Seriously, they are an even greater pain when compared to the french AZERTY. Go QWERTY ;)

    Nah you get used to it. Much better for numbers and special characters (no more alt-gr for the @ or for anything for that matter)

     
  11. Harmless Abuse macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2008
    #11
    I just googled french-canadian keyboard:

    [​IMG]

    I figure that it is usable. I've never had to switch layouts so drastically though so I can't say too much. But I use a qwerty to type in Japanese and Korean daily and I've never had much of a problem customizing my keyboard.
     
  12. piwi macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2006
    #12

    Very nice keyboard indeed
     
  13. paolo- macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2008
    #13
    What you guys are showing isn't Apple's French Canadian keyboard. It has all the accents on it. I got my macbook as the english qwerty setup as I where the accents are and just switch mac os to French when I'm typing in French for an extended period.

    http://store.apple.com/xf/product/MB110C/A?fnode=MTY1NDA1Mg&mco=MTA5ODI0MTY

    just zoom to see what's the layout. If you use a regular US keyboard and switch it to French Canadian, the À goes on top of the return.
     
  14. Otaillon macrumors 6502

    Otaillon

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2009
    Location:
    Québec
    #14
    I live in Canada (Québec) and have a french qwerty on my MBP 13''

    Here's a picture

    [​IMG]
     
  15. piwi macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2006
    #15
    Yes, that's exactly it. And precisely what I wanted to avoid hence the US QWERTY I chose ;)
     
  16. lazarusbf thread starter macrumors member

    lazarusbf

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2010
    Location:
    Belgium
    #16
    That's answering my question ! Very nice.
    So finally french canadian apple keyboards DO feature all commons letters we use over here, i see é-è-à-ù-ç characters.

    Now thanks to your picture, i'm in real dilemma. :rolleyes:
     
  17. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    #17
    haha i'm a French moving to Canada soon, i will order the MBP before my move because it is causing me headaches to learn how to use new keyboards again and again (last time was international QWERTY in Asia, next time would be Canadian QWERTY, so different again)
    so i decided to keep my habits and a French AZERTY :D
     
  18. TEG macrumors 604

    TEG

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2002
    Location:
    Langley, Washington
    #18
    If you are used to AZERTY, you can simply change the layout in software to French, the only key you won't have is the <> Key. You can always put stickers on the keys in the way you want them, or switch them around, so they make sense to you.

    TEG
     

Share This Page