The new MacBooks Pro have been released, but a big question hangs in the air: Did the third generation of the butterfly engine keyboard come with only quieter typing enhancements or did Apple fix their problem? If you don't know, Apple recently announced a repair program for butterfly engine keyboards that behaves as follows: unexpectedly repeating letters or characters; letters or characters that do not appear; keys that feel sticky or unresponsive in a consistent way.
To our frustration, Apple stated CNET, to The verge It is to other vehicles that the new keyboard of the professional notebooks does not have a new engineering or improvements to correct the problems described above. But not quite, at least according to iFixit who has already tried to get his hands on the new computer and evaluate his most polymeric component.
According to the repair firm, Apple has quietly (without touching the subject) fixed keyboard reliability issues. As? Basically encapsulating the butterfly mechanism of each key with a silicon barrier, in order to protect it against the entry of dirt.
For them, this flexible casing is rather a measure aimed at "covering up the mechanism of microscopic foot attacks." Apple even has a patent that covers just that.
While for iFixit people this clearly represents a correction to the problems Apple faced in the first two generations of butterfly keyboards, they made a point of letting the debt go, as, as we pointed out, Apple told several vehicles that this new keyboard was not designed to solve such problems.
Does this Apple positioning make sense? Launching a new keyboard that does not correct a responsible problem that has spawned several lawsuits against Apple and culminated in a recall? It does not. On the other hand, Apple can't just say that it fixed everything with the release of this new keyboard since it would somehow assume that * all * the first and second generation butterfly engine keyboards (which are still for sale, say themselves) are defective in recallApple claims that a "small percentage" of some models of MacBooks and MacBooks Pro may present the problem.
As it finishes disassembling the new MacBook Pro, iFixit has promised to test whether this new engine is even dirt-proof; stay tuned.
Apple confirmed to me that MacBook Pros returned with broken keyboards are being recycled, not repaired or refurbished. https://t.co/3PZNixkkdk
– Jason Koebler (@jason_koebler) July 13, 2018
In a related note, Apple confirmed to Jason Koeble (editor in chief of Motherboard) that MacBooks Pro returned with keyboard issues are being recycled, ie Apple * is not * repairing or reusing the machines and placing them back on the market as refurbished products (refurbished).