Unibody owners - Does the trackpad wear out?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by amitdoc2b, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    If anyone owns the MBP or MB unibodies, I was just curious if the trackpad wears out or shines from oily skin? I know the black keyboard has these issues.. Thanks.
  2. lordthistle macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2008
    Wear out? The oldest trackpad has 4 months.

    Shines? Like everything else you touch with your hands. No more, no less.
  3. Mr. Giver '94 macrumors 68000

    Mr. Giver '94

    Jun 2, 2008
    I don't know of anyone having issues like this. Sure, things wear out over time, but not because of the oil on your hands. :)

    I suppose if you never washed your hands..........well, you have more problems to worry about than a shiny trackpad. :D
  4. amitdoc2b thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    Many on this forum are reporting the black keys of the keyboard to be shiny from oily skin within 2 weeks of purchase... so my question was if this is happening with the trackpad too. 4 months is a pretty good sample size.

  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
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    It won't wear out, but it'll shine. If you look at an old laptop (over a year old, not weeks), and that person has used it a lot, it'll tend to have shiny trackpads or darkened palmrests that become difficult to clean if you don't do so regularly. However, they can be cleaned, which proves that they're not actually being "worn out".

    The "shine" people are complaining about is caused by both Apple's use of smooth textured keys, plus by oil from your fingers. Previous MBPs had keyboards with keys that were not completely smooth. There was a subtle texture to it, and that's why they didn't get all shiny.

    It's not due to manufacturing defect, so don't worry. Just clean it with something that can cut through oil. Or sometimes, just use a tissue and wipe up the keys and palmrests. All the MacBooks have had this problem (black and white), and the keys on the new unibody MB and MBP are even smoother than the plastic MacBook's.
  6. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    This is happening with my keyboard.

    This is not happening with my trackpad.
  7. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    Whenever a human being or something rubs against a surface, continuously, it's normal for it to become polished over time. The same thing is happening on your Mac. The only reason you're noticing it, it's because you can compare it to other, lesser touched or used buttons.

    If it worried you, there are solutions out there that could help. Perhaps some trackpad film (instead of polishing the glass on your trackpad, you'll polish the plastic surface while lining the pockets of others).
  8. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Unibody trackpad's are made of glass.

    Glass won't wear out.

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