I was cleaning my keyboard when I noticed...

jimmyco2008

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Hey all,

I was cleaning my MacBook's (2-day-old Mid 2015 15") keyboard when I noticed that a couple of keys have these small uneven "chips" on them, it's almost like paint where you leave a little dab and it dries and sticks out a little bit. I don't think they're "chips", it really seems as though the keys were painted and a tiny splotch was missed here and there. Hopefully this illustrates what I'm talking about.

At first, I tried scratching it off with my fingernail, thinking it was a stuck piece of dirt or something, and when it wasn't coming off, I realized it was a part of the key.

So I took a look at the entire keyboard, and there are a couple more keys where they aren't 100% smooth, there are again these tiny uneven places, not sure if they're "chips" (indents) or "blotches", they're very small, but I can feel them and see them if I look closely enough.

Sure enough, my Late 2013" rMBP has a few keys with the same phenomenon. I baby these things, and since I just got the 15", I'm thinking it's something that's more or less on all keyboards.

I don't think it's worth making a fuss about and trying to get swapped out for, especially since it seems virtually all MacBooks have this (based on my two-MacBook sample :p), but I'm wondering if anyone has this on a few of their MacBook's keys, and if so, if it's ever evolved into anything worse over time.

Thanks!
 

Dark Void

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... there were substances on it from the night before.

Oh, not that kind of thread?

This is fairly common, what is happening here is that your keyboard is growing. Soon, when it reaches adulthood, it will surprise attack you when you are not looking, lay you flat on a horizontal surface and press you repeatedly as you've done to it for many years.
 

Badrottie

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... there were substances on it from the night before.

Oh, not that kind of thread?

This is fairly common, what is happening here is that your keyboard is growing. Soon, when it reaches adulthood, it will surprise attack you when you are not looking, lay you flat on a horizontal surface and press you repeatedly as you've done to it for many years.
I believe so....
 

jimmyco2008

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I rolled my eyes so much they came out of my head, so now I have much bigger problems.

No but really, it's on random keys, about 3-4 per MacBook. If you run your finger over one, you feel a small bump, and it's actually a part of the key.

Admittedly I didn't even notice anything on the 13" keys until discovering it on the 15", so I guess you'd really have to try and find them.

Apparently it's nothing to be concerned about.
 

Samuelsan2001

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I rolled my eyes so much they came out of my head, so now I have much bigger problems.

No but really, it's on random keys, about 3-4 per MacBook. If you run your finger over one, you feel a small bump, and it's actually a part of the key.

Admittedly I didn't even notice anything on the 13" keys until discovering it on the 15", so I guess you'd really have to try and find them.

Apparently it's nothing to be concerned about.
those little bumps on teh F and J keys on apple keboards are there to help touch typists position or repostion there hands while typing without looking. In fact i think They are on most keyboards....certainly the crappy work one I'm using at the moment has them.
 

hallux

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those little bumps on teh F and J keys on apple keboards are there to help touch typists position or repostion there hands while typing without looking. In fact i think They are on most keyboards....certainly the crappy work one I'm using at the moment has them.
It's an industry-standard, I'm about 99% sure they're on the F and J keys on EVERY US-style/English keyboard (I specify US style/English as the keys will be different on non-US or non-English units)
 

jimmyco2008

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It's an industry-standard, I'm about 99% sure they're on the F and J keys on EVERY US-style/English keyboard (I specify US style/English as the keys will be different on non-US or non-English units)
No doubt. Like I said, it's not those notches, it's an imperfection with how the slight texture on the keys is made. If you look closely, the keys aren't perfectly flat.. Anyway, no go on the picture, it's really so small my 5s can't get a good focus on it.

So it's probably nothing to worry about. Like I said, I can find them on my old MacBook, too, and they aren't chips, but really really really small blotches of I guess the plastic used to mold the keys.

My main concern was that over time these "chips" would wear and start showing light from the keyboard backlight... But! They're splotches, not chips, so if anything they'll wear off with time.

Is no one else finding this on their MacBooks?
 
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