MacBook Pro with Hebrew Keyboard

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ebs16, May 12, 2007.

  1. ebs16 macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2007

    I'm an American student looking to buy a MacBook Pro with a Hebrew keyboard in the United States. I've seen these in Israel, but the notebooks are much more expensive there. Does anyone know if these notebooks are available in the US, either online or in-store? I've already checked eBay and Google for replacement Hebrew keyboards (no luck) and I'd like to avoid using stickers or skins - the backlit Hebrew/English keys are much nicer.

  2. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    That sounds cool, even though I'm not jewish but I do not need to look at my keyboard when typing anyway, so might as well have unique keycaps to go with it :)
  3. ebs16 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2007
    I called sales; the rep said that American customers are limited to US English and Spanish keyboards only. She asked me to call tech support to find out if Hebrew keyboards are available as replacement parts. I'm not crazy about voiding my warranty by installing a keyboard myself and there's no way that I'm going to pay Apple to install a part on a laptop that already costs $2000. (That's not to play into the stereotype of someone asking about a Hebrew keyboard - I'm also a college student!)

    Is phone support available on Sundays? Are there any other ways to get this computer in the US?

    As an aside, I'm frustrated by Apple's lack of support for non-major foreign languages. I had to modify the firmware on my iPod just to get it to read Hebrew ID3 tags.

    Heh, if you're just looking for something interesting, thin the paint off of your keys and make a completely clear das keyboard for your MacBook Pro. You'd be able to see the light generated by that from space.
  4. Netanel macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2007
    This is what you can do:
    You can buy the MacBook Pro with the normal English keyboard, and after you buy it, just engraving Hebrew to you keyboard.
    Many Israelis have already done it, In Israel for example it's costs 150 NIS (37.5$). I am sure you can find a printing house in the USA that can do it.
    You can see the result in this picture:
    You can see also here about people who done it (in Israel):
  5. ebs16 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2007
    That looks great. Was that done with a laser engraver? The Hebrew posts don't go into much detail about how the process is actually done. I'm in the New York City area, so I could probably find a place that does this, but I'm not exactly sure what to look for. Also, any idea of what that would do to the warranty?

  6. Netanel macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2007
    I realy don't know how it's done, I havn't done it.
    You can contact the people who done it or you can send a email to company
    in Israel.
    This is there website
  7. macsailor macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2007
    I do not think it will have any effect on the warranty, but to be sure I think you have to ask Apple.

    As I am planning to purschase a new MacBook Pro for the next semester, it would be great to be able to have a combined Hebrew and Swedish keyboard. If that's not possible, I will try to go for the combined English and Hebrew keyboard. :cool:
  8. toxic-waste macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2006
    Danish keyboard

    I have the exact same problem, but I need a danish layout... I also called apple and they said that if i wanted a Danish keyboard i would have to buy it in denmak and have it shipped to the US. Very annoying since the prices in denmark are 30% higher not to forget the shipping..

    Its all made in china anyway, why dont they just ship some to the US. LOL :(

    But found some stickers on ebay and amazon, that you can just apply... Not the same as the beutifully engraved MBP letters but a possible solution
    Or do a search for hebrew keyboard, and the resultes come in bucket loads
  9. maanlamaan macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2008
    foreign languages available on your notebooks and pdas

    You will not believe this but I just located a company in NEW YORK CITY that does engraving of ALL foreign languages on your notebook, PDA, or cell phone.
    I called and spoke to the salesman and he told me theat the service can even be done while I wait.

    The name of the company is called IKBS.
    They are located at 545 8th avenue b/w 37th and 38th street.
    Their phone # is

    I need a special keyboard with 2 other languages and they said they can do it even today.

    Good luck.;)
  10. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    I urgently need Martian characters on my keyboard, nobody seems to have a clue :confused:
  11. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    just use a permanent marker and write the letters in the corner yourself..very carefully

    free backup plan

    i was just in israel a month ago actually. I saw a windows pc somewhere and it was kinda cool to see the start menu and everything on the right side instead of the left :)

    good luck
  12. shayna macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2008
    I added a second language to my laptop

    This is truly amazing. I went to this place that u guys recommended on this forum and believe it or not, they did exactly what I was looking for. They added Russian to my Mac Pro in about an hour. Their office is really cool. They have samples of all the languages they do and even gave out coffee while I waited.
    Their regular price is $99 but if you speak to this girl behind the counter, Catherine, she will give you a discounted price of $79.

    You can even add like 3 other languages to your laptop is u really need it. Imagine having Russian, English, French and Spanish on one key: not even the laptop manufacturers can offer this solution.

    Oh I forgot to mention: you can pick whatever color you want as well. 212-629-5500 :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
  13. rockos macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2007
    has anyone done this as of late?

    i know this is an old post but looking for a good quality company to do a new macbook pro keyboard with backlighting.

    thanks guys
  14. Rampant.A.I. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2009
    That actually looks awesome. I don't speak Hebrew, but I find it really interesting as a comparative religions student.

    They sell keyboard overlays for Final Cut Pro and other applications, I wonder why no one makes a program and some overlays that configure the stock keyboard to other language character sets?
  15. TEAA1234 macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2013
    Engraving invalidates the Apple warranty

    As ridiculous as it seems, engraving will invalidate the warranty. I've confirmed this with Apple. Have not yet found a solution, other than purchasing in Israel, where the cost of the machine is MUCH more expensive. I'm starting to think if it's worth the effort... perhaps I stick with my current Windows laptop.

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