Apple announces new MacBook pro keyboard fix

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Apple improves butterfly keyboard

Following ongoing complaints about broken and sticky keys, the company said Tuesday it is changing the material used in its butterfly keyboards — which are found on most MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers and expanding its repair program.

Apple is updating it’s 15” MacBook Pro with new 8-core and 6-core processors and it’s 13” MacBook Pro with Touch Bar with 8th-gen quad-core processors.

Apple says that these boosts mean the 15” MacBook Pro will run at double the speed of the previous quad-core models and hit 40% improvements over the 6-core MacBook Pro model.

Apple says this is its fastest Mac notebook ever and there’s also a new keyboard update.

The MacBook Pro line starts at $1,799 for the 13-inch model and $2,399 for the 15-inch version.

Unlike most laptop keyboards that use a “scissor mechanism,” Apple’s butterfly method expands like wings, opening itself up to dust and other debris.

The concept allowed Apple to create a slimmer keyboard design, but it’s been called by some of Apple’s worst invention of all time.

The company also is deploying its new keyboard to Apple Stores to be used in repairs. That means if the keyboard on your 2018 MacBook Air fails, you could end up with the new design.

Along with announcing updates to its keyboard, Apple on Tuesday unveiled a slight update to its MacBook Pro lineup. The 15- and 13-inch computers will roll out with Intel’s faster eighth- and ninth-generation Core processors, including an eight-core variant, the first time such a powerful processor has appeared in Apple’s MacBook Pro.

The $2,399 config of the 15″ MacBook Pro is getting a 2.6GHz 6-core i7 that boosts to 4.5ghz, a 400 MHz increase in turbo speed. The top end $2,799 config is now standard with an 8-core i9, two more cores and a 500 MHz increase over the current 6-core config.

Apple recently revised the MacBook keyboards quietly with the addition of a membrane that seemed intended to prevent dust and particulates from making it under the keys and preventing firing.

The updates, though seemingly improvements, still resulted in some malfunctions. And, Apple never really even said they were making the change.

Last month, Apple confirmed the issue was affecting a “small number of users” and said, “for that we are sorry.”
Previously, Apple’s repair program only covered some MacBooks with third-generation or earlier butterfly keyboards (2018 models were not eligible).
Now, anyone who’s seeking keyboard repair on a product purchased within the last four years can get help free of charge. Apple also confirmed it’s working to turn around repairs more quickly.
The new MacBook Pro models will be available for purchase today.