Apple confirms extra keyboard protection for the new MacBooks Pro; all Thunderbolt 3 ports on the 13 ″ model are now the same

Amid controversy over the Intel Core i9 chip from new MacBooks Pro, at least two good news about the new machines.

THE MacRumors today obtained an internal document from Apple distributed to stores and Authorized Service Centers which basically confirms that silicone membrane installed on its keys serves to prevent dirt / dust from coming into contact with its butterfly mechanism.

Apple's third generation butterfly keyboard

This suspicion had already been raised by iFixit in its teardown the computer. Officially, Apple decided to say that the third generation of the butterfly keyboard was only “quieter” than the previous one, but now it is practically confirmed that the company has actually solved the problem that led to the opening of a replacement program for the previous models. .

The document also reports that the procedure for removing / replacing the space key has changed from previous generations, probably because it almost always broke at this stage.

Thunderbolt 3 the same for everyone!

On a related note, the MacRumors also confirmed with Apple another non-commented novelty of the new 13-inch models of the MacBook Pro.

MacBook Pro ports with Touch Bar

In previous generations, as we detailed in this article, although the 13 ″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar had four Thunderbolt 3 ports like the 15 ″ model, only the two on the left offered a total bandwidth of 40Gbps; the two on the right were somewhat limited.

Now, in the 2018 models, the four ports of the 13 ″ model are the same thanks to the new Core i5 and i7 chips from Intel, which support 16 PCI Express lanes. Good.