Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Apple's new MacBook Pros have a fix for their failing keyboard problems

Apple's new MacBook Pros have a fix for their failing keyboard problems

New 2018 model MacBook Pros were revealed by Apple this week, and, along the latest processors and RAM upgrades, one of the biggest new features is True Tone display technology.

If you own a MacBook or MacBook Pro with a butterfly keyboard, the chances are good that you may have experienced an annoying keyboard issue where some keys become unresponsive.

The Thunderbolt Display will need to be connected to the MacBook Pro with Apple's Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter for True Tone to work.

For those in Australia you'll be hit even harder, with the highest-specced MBP costing $6699 Dollars and a huge $10,339 AUD. Before publishing their customary teardown video for new devices, their gadget experts found an interesting rubberized layer underneath the keycaps of the keyboard, according to a statement.

Keyboard warriors will appreciate a revised "butterfly" design which softens the clackety-clack of earlier models, although we'll have to wait and see if this also improves the keyboard reliability issues which have plagued earlier MacBook Pro machines.

Apple is in the middle of several class-action lawsuits for the failure of their keyboards, so of course they can't just come out and say, "Hey, we fixed it!"

This flexible enclosure is quite obviously an ingress-proofing measure to cover up the mechanism from the daily onslaught of microscopic dust. Interestingly, Apple has a patent for this technology, called "Ingress Protection for Keyboards", created to "prevent and/ or alleviate contaminant ingress".

Those new keyboards on the refreshed MacBook Pros provide a slightly quieter typing experience, but they retain the same short key travel from the previous generation.

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