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Apple says it has finally fixed its MacBook keyboard issues

No, really, for good this time.

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Image: iFixit

Apple announced yesterday that “Keyboardgate” is finally over. At least, in Apple’s estimation, the MacBook keyboard issues will now be a thing of the past.

Starting this week, anyone who has a “butterfly mechanism” keyboard on their MacBook (pretty much every unit made since 2015), can get repairs under warranty for those persistent stuck keys.

Klickity-stick

  • Apple’s “butterfly switches” have been sticking since they first arrived in 2016
  • Apple continues to downplay the scale of the issue, even after making multiple revisions to the design
  • The company’s Keyboard Service Program has been expanded to warranty all “butterfly switch” MacBooks for “4 years after the first retail sale of the unit”
  • Apple says the latest redesign has “new materials” inside to fix the issues (unless those “new materials” are the old keyswitch design, I’ll believe it when I see it)

Refreshing power

As well as the new keyswitches, Apple is updating the processors used in the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Touch Bar. Now, you can get a quad-core Intel i7 that boosts to 4.7GHz in the 13-inch model, starting at $2,099. The 15-inch model can now get an Intel i9 with 8 cores and a 5.0Ghz boost clock, but break out your savings account cause that model starts at $2,699.

You can learn more about Apple’s Keyboard Service Program here.

What do you think? Have you had to deal with any of the keyboard issues found on the newer MacBooks? What did you do? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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