Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

New MacBook Pro Keyboard Features Thin Silicone Barrier Under Its Keycaps

New MacBook Pro Keyboard Features Thin Silicone Barrier Under Its Keycaps

After a number of lawsuits, Apple recently acknowledged the situation and launched a free fix program. The new MacBook Pros also have TrueTone displays and a new Apple T2 chip to handle payment security.

When Apple announced its 2018 MacBook Pro family yesterday, it said that the keyboards are now "quieter", but it made no mention of actually resolving the problem with the failure-prone keys.

On the outside, everything's the same as it's been since the current MacBook Pro design debuted in 2016 - what's different is under the hood, and there lies some serious grunt.

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Buried in the press release was a reference to a new keyboard, "an improved third-generation keyboard for quieter typing".

Apple revealed a powerful refresh to its MacBook Pro devices earlier this week. But, since the company is in the midst of several lawsuits regarding the reliability of its keyboard, it wouldn't really be able to come out and state that it has "fixed" the issue, without admitting fault. In their teardown of a 15-inch model, iFixit found a new silicone membrane under each key of the laptop's keyboard. And because the new notebooks are already available in stores, iFixit has already dismantled one. Apple didn't say anything about making real changes to the keyboard's butterfly switch mechanism, leaving us wondering if they'd even addressed the recently acknowledged "sticky key" problem. Although this is just an opinion, iFixit has backed up its claim with an Apple patent, that shows the exact same design, even being labeled that the membrane was created to "prevent and/or alleviate contaminant ingress".

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