Macbook Pro, iBook Keys

Because I had nothing better to do today at work, I took all the letters and punctuation off an iBook keyboard I had lying around. I also used the tab, caps lock, return, etc. just so I could have the 3 rows completely white.

Theres actually a few benefits to doing this:
The ENTIRE key now glows when I turn on the keyboard light- it looks way cool!
For some reason these keys seem to be giving me a little more tactile feedback.

I'd do the whole keyboard but I can't figure out how to get the spacebar off, and the function/eject keys are not the same because the iBook has the little clips to get at the 'books insides.

As far as I can tell, I may be one of the first people in the world to try this.


Jon's picture

So you're saying you just popped the iBook keys off of the iBook? What did you do to the MBP? You swapped the keycaps? I'm guess that's what you've done, but your post doesn't exactly say as much. Wink

themike's picture

Yep, you've got it. I just used a flat screwdriver to gently pry the keys off both keyboards, and replaced 'em. Well I didn't put them back on the iBook, it was just an extra one off a dead book at the school I work at.

I'm going to take some pictures, it looks even cooler with the lights on than I thought. Unfortunately, I can't use my iSight to take a picture of the keyboard...

As far as I can tell from some pretty extensive googling, I am the first person I know of to try this Smile

themike's picture

Some pictures with the lights off and the keyboard turned way way up!

I think it looks way cool. And it impressed the hell out of my roommate!

Jon's picture

I do like that. Does the brighter keys washout the screen when working in a dark room?

themike's picture

Not at all. In fact, this I think this is how the keyboard should have been designed. I didn't use the backlight before because I didn't really see the use, but now I can actually read the keys in the dark.