5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 3, 2010 1:15 AM by iinami
jlyall Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
As you can see here you can configure the keyboard language on the American webstore
http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC373LL/A?mco=MTc0Njg1ODE

but not on the Australian
http://store.apple.com/au/configure/MC373X/A?mco=MTc0NjkxNjQ

I have rang up Apple Australia and they told me it's not possible to change this from a customer end. This seems pretty silly as they are both sourced from the same place.

I was wondering without ordering directly from the American store (as I can get it here much cheaper with a staff discount) how can I go about getting a backlit keyboard with the Japanese katakana above the English lettering. I am not keen to buy some sort of film to place over the keys either.

I really wanted to get the Katakana on the keyboard as it will help me learn Japanese quicker when I can see what I'm doing.

Can anyone suggest alternatives or does anyone have experience with this issue.

warmest regards,

jlyall

15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 (Autumn 2010), Mac OS X (10.6.3), 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3, Stock 500 GB Toshiba MK5055GSXF
  • jlyall Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Could anyone offer some insight? I assume that the key positions are slightly different. When I change the language to Japanese does it automatically assume that I'm using a Japanese keypad and hence assume that a certain key was pressed and create the Character say for example the "@" key even if the "@" key is only positioned there on the Japanese Key Board? Is the languge change as intuitive as this? Will I be able to just buy a complete Japanese Keyboard and have it installed/install it myself and have it work correctly with the differently set keys?

    Are the keys even set out slightly differently on Macs? They seem to be on everything else.

    Please help

    Message was edited by: jlyall
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,450 points)
    When I change the language to Japanese does it automatically assume that I'm using a Japanese keypad


    No.

    Will I be able to just buy a complete Japanese Keyboard and have it installed/install it myself and have it work correctly with the differently set keys?


    Perhaps someone who has done this can answer. You have to get the hardware to recognize it is connected to a JIS keyboard, which might happen automatically or might not.

    Are the keys even set out slightly differently on Macs?


    You can see the layout here:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2841

    PS I wonder if this is worth the trouble. I understand that direct kana input is much less commonly used by Japanese typists that qwerty input.
  • jlyall Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks for your reply Tom That +How to identify keyboard localizations+ was really helpful! Hopefully someone else can offer some input about changing keyboards.
  • jlyall Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Anyone have any experience changing the keyboards successfully to another language?
  • iinami Level 4 Level 4 (1,405 points)
    i don't know how much this will help you, but here goes:

    we have a macbook pro 13 2010 with the stock keyboard. my wife is japanese so we have the machine set up to switch input language at the top right of the display. she has never had an issue with how the characters come out. i've even used it myself to post some japanese. basically you just type a word how it sounds and the computer figures out what you are saying, if that makes sense. for example if i wanted to email my mother in law and i wanted to type the word "katakana" i would just type those letters and it would show up in the email in katakana characters. also, would you just be using katakana? i mean the computer uses hiragana and kanji characters as well. i'm assuming you know that katakana is usually just used for 'loanwords' i.e: words that are pronounced in japanese just like they are in english speaking countries. i know you said you wanted to have the katakana characters on the keyboard so i can't help you with that.