Silly question: Powerbook keys on rMBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by amoda, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. amoda macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006

    I'm pretty sure it's probably a no, but I thought I'd ask. I've searched but can't come up with a proper search result.

    Is it possible to install the powerbook keys on a rMBP? I know that most people love the new keyboards, and maybe it's just nostalgia, but I'd love to put the powerbook/early MBP keyboard on rMBP and was wondering if anyone knows if it's possible.

    Thanks for any guidance!
  2. aerok macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2011
    Probably possible, just no one really bothered trying it. I don't see why it wouldn't be.
  3. amoda thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
  4. ybz90 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2009
    Probably not possible since they aren't the same shape or size. I'm staring at my PowerBook right now and I highly doubt you could get the square keys to fit into smaller, rounded, and individually spaced keys on a MBP. Also, rMBP don't have dedicated power buttons anymore.
  5. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    No the rMBP uses a chiclet style keyboard that they introduced with the Macbook Pro - this is a different style of keyboard to the old Powerbook keyboards.
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Strongly doubt it, the powerbook styled keys are bigger.

    Should they fit in the spring retainers, you wouldn't be able to press down on them, making them completely useless.

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