Apple MacBook 'butterfly' keyboard issues prompt class-action suit


Several users have filed a class action lawsuit against Apple, accusing the tech giant of creating a keyboard design for its MacBook models that makes the devices more prone to getting sticky keys, literally. This reporter, who wrote the inciting piece about how her MacBook Pro keyboard simply couldn't remain functional regardless of how many times she got it fixed, has since sold her 2016 model back to Apple and continues to use her 2013 MacBook Pro, praying every day that it doesn't die.

According to the original filing, "Apple's butterfly keyboard and MacBook are produced and assembled in such a way that when minimal amounts of dust or debris accumulate under or around a key, keystrokes fail to register". It targets MacBooks from 2015 or later and MacBook Pros from 2016 or later, all with the butterfly keyboard.

This content is restricted to site members. As Barbaro's MacBook Pro was at this point out of warranty, he was told it would cost more than $700 to fix. Apple has been hit with class action suit for the failures of its MacBook and MacBook Pro butterfly swift keyboards.

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AppleInsider says it collected its data from "assorted Apple Genius Bars in the U.S." that it has worked with for several years, as well as Apple-authorized third-party fix shops.

Specifically, the lawsuit states that Apple's claim that the butterfly keyboard offers "four times more key stability than a traditional scissor mechanism" is a false representation of the product.

Apple has yet to officially respond to the lawsuit and they have also to acknowledge what could be the reason behind the flaw.

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Its not just a lack of disclosures that has been problematic, the complaint includes. It was first used on the 12in MacBook laptop, and then later on the redesigned MacBook Pro line from late 2016. A petition has collected over 18,000 signatures demanding that Apple recall the MacBook Pro with busted keyboard and replace it with another type.

"The suit seeks damages, legal fees and demands Apple not only publicly disclose the keyboard design flaw, but pay to remedy or replace defective units. The keyboard defect in the MacBook is considerably certain to demonstrate".

In 2015 Apple presented another key switch system that enabled it to create a console considerably more slender and with a littler measure of movement. A support document issued to some of the authorized service providers talks about a method of cleaning the keyboard with a can of compressed air.

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