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Reuse or recycle keyboard and trackpad from broken MacBook Air.

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 mths
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Hi people, for a long time now I’ve been looking for a great keyboard + trackpad “all-in-one” to use with my devices like the Apple TV and iPad Pro, but all of the products that I’ve found are trash really. I wondered if I could get a really cheap broken MacBook Air M2 and make an amazing bluetooth keyboard + trackpad out of it, the main body of the MacBook is made of quality aluminium, the keyboard and trackpad are GREAT, and there is USC-B and MagSafe for charging right there. Would it be possible to pull off something likes this?

 
Posted : 13/05/2024 7:01 pm
marcdraco
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I would imagine probably not, to be honest, but I've been wrong before.

"Cheap Macbook" is not the sort of phrase you tend to hear, even the Intel ones still pull a hefty fee. Cheap + anything Apple usually comes with a serious caveat emptor.

I expect it would work out less to just by the BT keyboard and Magic trackpad from an Apple reseller if they have some used ones. eBay is also an option.

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Take everything I say with a pinch of salt, I might be wrong!

 
Posted : 14/05/2024 2:56 pm
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 mths
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@marcdraco right but like there is top cases with MacBook keyboard + trackpad from 50 to 80 dollars on eBay. To connect to 3 devices I think I might need some battery, “brain” and custom made connections for it to work? Seems pretty simple to my uneducated brain idk. I’m gonna dive deep to find out cause it would be the perfect device for me.

 
Posted : 31/05/2024 2:58 pm
marcdraco
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There's only one way to learn in this game I find! Apple stuff is a bit out of my league but there are people online who do this stuff. There are a few people on YouTube who repair Macs that might help or you could use a Linux distro to analyse what is going on. They might be fairly typical electronics for all I know. I just recall one of the repair guys commenting that Apple even code the little gadget that shuts the screen off when you close the lid. Madness.


Take everything I say with a pinch of salt, I might be wrong!

 
Posted : 31/05/2024 9:21 pm