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Teardown of Apple's 3rd-gen butterfly keyboard reveals a silicone membrane

By Cookie Monster - on 14 Jul 2018, 10:58am

Teardown of Apple's 3rd-gen butterfly keyboard reveals a silicone membrane

Screenshot taken from iFixit's YouTube video on MacBook Pro 2018 Initial Findings: Keyboard Design Cover-Up?

When Apple announced the new MacBook Pros a few days ago, it revealed to several publications that the third-generation butterfly keyboard is not designed to solve the reliability issues that plagued previous models. However, iFixit's teardown of the keyboard suggests otherwise. 

According to iFixit's teardown which is still underway, the quieter keyboard which Apple touts as an improvement is actually a silent move to fix the reliability issues. Apparently, Apple has "coooned" the butterfly switches in a thin, silicone membrane. iFixit believes it is "an ingress-proofing measure" to protect against dust. To support its claims, iFixit highlighted that Apple has a patent for the same exact design which is designed to "prevent and/or alleviate contaminant ingress". 

iFixit added that the ongoing class-action lawsuits against Apple over the faulty MacBook keyboards could be the main reason why the company decided not to shout out about the "fix". 

Source: iFixit via MacRumors 


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