Perhaps even more important than the new Intel processors, the latest MacBooks Pro brought something new that brought hope back to the hearts of potential buyers of the machine: (plus) a review of the mechanism of the butterfly keyboard, which, as we know, has or had a prone uncomfortable problem.
To verify Ma's changes in this new generation of laptops, the brave disassemblers of Ma iFixit they put their hands on one of the new MacBooks Pro and dissected it piece by piece.
The discoveries? Well, in fact the new keyboard has differences, but they only good discreet.
According to experts, keyboard changes boil down to two new features. The first is in the silicone membrane introduced in the previous generation and that prevents the entry of problem debris / elements. In place of the opaque and slightly rough material of the past keyboard, we now have a membrane made of a fully transparent and smooth nylon polymer.
The second novelty is in the material that covers the switches Of the keyboards this is the part that actually records the key pressure and turns it into a reflected character on the screen. The metal is now brighter and more polished, which may suggest, according to iFixit, a new heat treatment or a change in the alloy used or even both.
It's not clear exactly where these two changes contribute to (supposed) better durability of the new keyboards, so we will have to wait for the wisdom of time to see if Apple's promises are realistic. The fact that Ma has already put the newly rebuilt machines into its keyboard repair program, however, is not an encouraging yet positive sign for potential affected consumers, of course.
If you're wondering about the rest of the teardown, just know that the new MacBook Pro is basically identical to the previous one in its internal organization. IFixit gave the new model the same repairability rating as its predecessor, with only 1 point out of 10 possible, praising the ease of trackpad replacement but criticizing the rest of the machine's construction as the fact that the processor, RAM and flash memory are soldered, and the top case (with all its components like keyboard, drums, speakers and touch bar) all glued together so repairs are basically impossible.
Nothing too young under the sun, after all.