New MacBook Pro features debris-repelling keyboard, iFixit discovers

New MacBook Pro features debris-repelling keyboard, iFixit discovers

New MacBook Pro features debris-repelling keyboard, iFixit discovers

Depending on the number of the days crossed and the condition of your MacBook, your Apple Store might just let you exchange it with the newer variant.

When Apple refreshed its MacBook Pro notebooks a few days ago, there was plenty to catch the eye from a raw performance point of view, but one thing that had many people concerned was the report direct from Apple that the keyboard used in these new machines was merely an updated version of the existing butterfly keyboard.

Apple on Thursday unveiled its 2018 MacBook Pro models, which are already available for purchase online and in Apple stores.

How to toggle on or off True Tone on your MacBook Pro? Why Apple did not make a bigger deal out of this is unknown, but given the current legal issues the previous keyboards have landed Apple with, it's likely the lack of information was more a legal decision than a public relations one.

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

A quiet keyboard is a neat perk, but if dust can still hinder regular operation, it's still a sucky keyboard. 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.

The diligent tech teardown specialists over at iFixit have taken apart the new keyboard and found a change - a thin, silicone membrane surrounding each of the keys. But here's to hoping that the next generation of keyboards will completely fix the problem. "This flexible enclosure is quite obviously an ingress-proofing measure to prevent the mechanism from seizing up under the brutal onslaught of microscopic dust", writes iFixit. Interestingly, Apple has a patent for this technology, called "Ingress Protection for Keyboards", created to "prevent and/ or alleviate contaminant ingress".

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