Will MacBooks get backlit keyboards soon?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by TSE, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

    Jun 25, 2007
    St. Paul, Minnesota
  2. lancestraz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 27, 2005
  3. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    Would be nice, but it'd drive up the price which wouldn't be so nice :(
  4. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    I doubt the manufacturing price of the back lit keyboard is significant. I believe the reason why it'll never happen is because it's a [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Value-based_pricing]Value-based pricing[/URL] feature that's used to differentiate their high end models from their low end models. It's the same reason why the luxury version of a car has 6 cup holders instead of 2. The extra cup holders don't cost anything at all, but it's a feature that people are willing to pay more for as part of the package that gets sold as the high end model.

  5. MarlboroLite macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    the 13 colonies
    I think it would cost them next to nothing. Virtually all cell phones since 1990 have backlit number pads. This is not a hard or expensive thing to do.

    But to answer your question no. For the very same reason they took out the dedicated graphics card and matte screen in the move from iBook to Macbook, the pennies extra-to-make backlit keyboard is reserved for those willing to pay $700 more for a "pro" machine.

    It would be very nice to have a backlit keyboard, but for people who don't even look at it when typing it doesn't matter whether it's light or dark.
  6. MarkW19 macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2002
    Surrey, UK
    I wouldn't be surprised if Apple put the new MBA keyboard on all their notebooks. It makes sense from a production point of view.

    Then, the higher-end models simply get the backlight added (but the keys themselves are all the same, ie. their markings are translucent).
  7. Fezzasus macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    No. There needs to be some features to make people buy the pro model.
  8. Shannighan macrumors 6502a


    Jul 26, 2007
    Buffalo, NY
    im going to go with everybody else and say no. its one of those extra things that not very many companies do, and it would more then likely drive the cost of the laptop up.
  9. Rogzilla macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2007
    You know, I understand WHY everyone is saying no...but er...I don't agree with it. Do you really think that the illuminated keyboard is the reason people are buying the Pro model? It isn't the larger screen, faster processor, more powerful graphic power? :p

    I DO think it will happen, as I suspect it will be part of the "greening" up of the MacBook. When the MacBooks go aluminum, it will gain the black keyboard. I bet they will find other ways to integrate the black from the new iMacs as well. So why not bring in illuminated keys? The only reason they wont is if they keep white keys like the Bluetooth Keyboard.

    The MacBook Pros still have plenty of things that will get them a premium. I think Apple is pretty interested in creating a unified product line.
  10. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
  11. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I'm the shallowest person ever, but for me, the backlit keys is a huge reason I don't want a normal MB. I *also* value the dedicated graphics card, but the ability to take my shiny new MBP to work and show it off to my Windows buddies most of whom have never seen a Mac and have the keyboard backlight and they all go 'Uuuuuuu' is worth extra money to me.

    It just looks so cool.

    Like I said, I'm shallow.
  12. marclapierre13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2005
    You pay to play my friends. You want premium features, you pay a premium price.

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