What are these?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by abijnk, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. abijnk macrumors 68040

    abijnk

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    I was playing with the screen angle on my new MBP (seeing how far back it would go) and I saw two things towards the bottom of the screen panel (on the black part around the screen. They look like possibly sensors, and I thought maybe they are the ambient light sensors for the keyboard? What do you guys think?

    They are about 1 centimeter long and located in line with the bottom of the "MacBook Pro" label. They are also in line with the F2 and F11 keys.
     

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  2. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    Looking at a real one instead of a photoshopped picture on Apple's website I don't see anything there.
     
  3. abijnk thread starter macrumors 68040

    abijnk

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    Really? With the screen on, tilt it back all the way... I asked my fiance and he sees them on mine too, so I don't think I am crazy. I am assuming they are the ambient light sensors, but wasn't entirely sure.
     
  4. samwich macrumors regular

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    I don't see anything either, and I'm pretty sure your ambient light sensor is up near the camera. Just put your hand in front of the camera and watch the display dim.
     
  5. sselemit macrumors member

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    i believe those are light sensors for backlit keyboard.
     
  6. blurb23 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think those the sensors, unless there's more than one.

    Try putting your palm over your iSight - your screen will dim/keyboard will light up, so that's where the sensor is.
     
  7. kajitox macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting to note that they've been moved from under the speakers (presumably) in the older MBPs...it is always a pain to be typing and have the brightness changing because of the shadows cast by your hand.
     
  8. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    There's nothing there but glass. The sensor is up by the iSight camera.
     
  9. sselemit macrumors member

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    check this video out. Fast forward to around 3:05 mark. you'll see how the lady covers the bottom part of the screen with her arm and the keyboard lits up.
     

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