iFixit finds a 'cover-up' inside new MacBook Pro keyboards

 engadget.com  7/14/2018 2:13:00 AM 

While we've been all over the outside of Apple's newest MacBook Pro lineup, iFixit has, as usual, decided to look underneath the hood and find out what's changed from previous models. While it has not published a full teardown report yet, the repair outfit said that the keyboard may have a bigger change than Apple let on. Users have reported problems with the "butterfly switch" keyboards in new Apple laptops for a while saying they're too sensitive to crumbs and dust and can't have individual keys repaired. Still, the company said this iteration only has changes that make them quieter to use.

As some have suspected however, any re-engineering may have take the "why not both?" approach. As pictured above, iFixit has found a new silicone barrier around the switch that would help make it quieter -- and also keep potential contaminants from gunking up the works. Another link is a patent Apple received specifically for something like this to help keep dust and direct out of its keyboard switches. With lawsuits already filed and a service program for older computers in place, Apple has more than enough reasons to be coy about its updates, but only time will tell if these new keys are truly more reliable.

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