New MacBook Pro teardown reveals protective membrane over problematic butterfly mechanism

Apple's New Mac Book Pro Keyboard Has'Thin Silicone Barrier Under Each Key iFixit

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If Apple described the new MacBook Pro's keyboard as one that improves reliability, it would be the same as admitting there were problems with its past keyboards.

The new MacBook Pros can be configured with some deliciously high-end specs including an Intel Core i9 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and 4TB of SSD storage. But you know what else Apple has? Besides the fact that the keys have less travel than the keyboards that preceded them and can be annoyingly loud when typing, they are prone to malfunctions or failing completely when dust or crumbs make their way into the butterfly key mechanism. Earlier this week, the Cupertino giant updated its MacBook Pro lineup, with new 13-inch and 15-inch Touch Bar models.

As a long-time 2015 MacBook Pro user, I have been patiently waiting for a new MacBook Pro upgrade. The team dismantles a 15-inch MacBook Pro to find out the new mechanism.

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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.

How widespread this issue is remains open to debate, but it's got serious enough that Apple has promised to replace any affected keyboard for free for a period of four years after the purchase date.

Right now though, your best bet to get your hands on the 2018 MacBook Pro will be to order it directly from Apple's online store as the shipping estimates are low at 1-2 days. In fact, Apple has a patent for this exact tech created to "prevent and/or alleviate contaminant ingress". We suspected at the time that Apple fixed the major keyboard issue that's been affecting all MacBook Pros since the 2016 redesign, but Apple would not confirm it officially.

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