got my MacBook Pro 2016 repaired, control and option keys now have weird symbols on them?

VertPin

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uhhh

I swear it used to say "alt" above the option key. now it has a weird symbol. Same Mac, but the bottom keys and trackpad had to be fixed.

live in United States
 

Floris

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Those are the option and command icons that the wireless keyboards have here.
Mine says that weird icon top right of the key and below it either option or command.
The control has ^ above it.
 

VertPin

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its the same MacBook though, no idea why the symbols were changed? it used to say alt. Weird.
 

wiffle

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You probably received a topcase replacement, with one that was released with the 2017 Macbooks.
 

VertPin

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You probably received a topcase replacement, with one that was released with the 2017 Macbooks.
I was told I got a something case replacement. What does that mean? I swear they said bottom case replacement?
 

wiffle

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Imagine your laptop (excluding the monitor) is split in half hamburger bun style. The top case (literally the top 'bun') includes the battery, trackpad and keyboard. The bottom case includes your logic board and some other components. (sorry was wrong about this, see posts below. Logic board is separate altogether.)

If you needed a trackpad replacement and bottom keys, they likely just replaced the entire top case as the parts all come together. In this case, they replaced your 2016 topcase with a 2017 topcase.
 
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dlbmacfan

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I have both a 2016 TB MBP and a 2017. The 2017's keyboard has symbols above both the control and option keys, but the 2016 does not.
 

ApolloBoy

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Imagine your laptop (excluding the monitor) is split in half hamburger bun style. The top case (literally the top 'bun') includes the battery, trackpad and keyboard. The bottom case includes your logic board and some other components.
Actually the bottom case of the MBP is just a metal plate, there's no components on it.
 
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VertPin

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I have both a 2016 TB MBP and a 2017. The 2017's keyboard has symbols above both the control and option keys, but the 2016 does not.
weird, they gave me the 2017 keys than. one of a kind? xD
 

Fishrrman

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Do the keys work as intended?
Does the new upper case fit properly?

If so, I wouldn't worry about it.
Or, as another new recruit said back almost 50 years ago when I got drafted into the U.S. Army, "Don't sweat the small ****!"
 
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AustinIllini

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It's the same key with a different symbol from the the 2017 model. Nothing to worry about as it works the same. As a guy who works with Windows at work it is a little confusing, though.