A1706 A1707 and A1708 Keyboard Compatibility?
I have the opportunity to get hold of some A1706/A1707/A1708 keyboards, and was wondering if anyone has replaced the keyboard on this model yet? There is not a really high demand for the newer models yet in the UK, but seeing as how the 12" UK keyboards are now being sold for £120+, I want to get them while they are cheap :)
I'm hesitant since the Touch Bar models have a chip on the logic board which communicates with the Touch Bar (I assume it is linked similar to Touch ID on iPhones, in the sense that it has to be programmed when changed), and I am not sure if it IDs the keyboard in any way, due to the newer Retina keyboards having ICs on the back.
If anyone has replaced a keyboard successfully on this model please pipe up!
Is this a good question?
I have replaced the keyboard on the A1707 and A1708. Not sure if they are swappable but seems so. The keyboard is not linked to any IC so changing keyboard will not affect the TouchID. The irritating thing is you need to reuse the rivets securing the keyboard that you have already plucked out to re-insert them when you install the new keyboard. If anyone has better solutions on how to install the new keyboard do give comment!
hi @just1ed. have you attempted to use a keyboard screw set from an earlier range, such as is done when replacing the keyboards on the earlier retina ranges?
We typically use screws from a unibody MacBook pro from 2008-2012 to attach a retina keyboard (between 2012-2015).
Its possible the rivets are different sizes, so the screws wont work, but its worth a try.
by Jon Ridley
@just1ed, Have you replaced only the keyboard or the entire top case, including the touch bar?
by Elton Kuzniewski
I’ve replaced only the keyboard. I have also replaced only the OLED Touch Bar before too.
@just1ed and how hard is to replace only the touch bar? My is not working anymore.
by Elton Kuzniewski
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