Let’s be real – Apple’s butterfly keyboard sucks.

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Do you have a relatively new Macbook Pro (2015+)? Do you have a butterfly keyboard? Are some keys not working anymore? You're not alone.

First thing’s first, I’ve been an Apple fan-boy for longer than you’ve been alive (that’s false). So I need you to understand that if I’m dissing my favourite fruit, there has to be a reason.

The Butterfly Keyboardapple butterfly keyboard

I’ve tried many keyboards in my time, but there’s nothing quite like the butterfly keyboard.

If you’ve ever used one of those generic thick-buttoned keyboards, you will understand my frustration when I say that it’s extremely annoying to type with those. It seems to take forever and you mess up more words than not.

Everyday we’re typing faster and faster and we thrive on keyboards that let us exceed our average typing speed. This is where the butterfly keyboard comes in.

If you’ve ever used one of the newer generation Macbooks, you will understand my delight when I say that typing has become fun again.

Prithvi, I don’t understand what the problem is

butterfly keyboard

If you aren’t familiar with this type of keyboard and just want the lay of the land:

The keys, essentially, are closer to the actual board. Look at the picture above for reference (ignore the knife for a second). There’s almost no distance between the button when it’s pressed, to the button when it’s not pressed.

This makes it:

  • Much easier to type fast (since all the keys are at the same-low-level),
  • More comfortable on the fingers,
  • I mean they just look way better. That’s all that matters at the end of the day… (because they are loud as heck).

Prithvi. I still don’t know what the problem is…

defective keyboard

Whoops. You’re right.

Long story short – I bought a new Mac Book Pro (late 2016) touchbar edition this past August. Everything was wonderful till a few months ago where the edges of my spacebar stopped working.

This was extremely annoying since when I type, I depend a lot on the “edges” of my spacebar. So I did what anyone else would and took my laptop to tech support, who kept my laptop for a day (which was like death but worse), and called me back to tell me that the “Apple systems don’t report any damage, which is why we can’t fix your laptop“.

I look at him and i go “Are you seeing my laptop? Are you seeing what happens when I press the ends of my spacebar? NOTHING HAPPENS” to which I got answered “The Apple systems don’t report any damage, which is why we can’t fix your laptop“.

So I did what anyone else would – nothing. Luckily, I was not alone.

Like me, thousands of others are going through the exact situation that Apple refuses to address.

So what do you do when someone doesn’t pay attention to your problems? You sue.

AppleInsider reported, earlier this month, that a class action lawsuit was filed against Apple over a flawed keyboard design (it isn’t a coincidence when thousands of people go through the same thing).

In over the first week of online petition-ing, Change.org managed to collect over 17,000 signatures against this catastrophe (and if that wasn’t enough, a second lawsuit was filed shortly after).

So boys and girls – if your Macbook Pro, purchased after 2015, has a defective butterfly keyboard: you might want to go ahead and sign this petition right here.

For the obnoxious price we pay for these machines, and the “prestige” they carry, I’d expect my keyboard to last more than 5 months at least

Although no comments yet, I’m sure Apple will need to address this sooner or later.

Update 15 July 2018:

Apple has launched a statement claiming that a few models of the MacBook and MacBook Pro might be undergoing few keyboard malfunctions.

Click on the Apple logo on the top left corner of your screen – if your laptop is one of the following:

  • MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch, Early 2015)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12­-inch, Early 2016)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-­inch, 2017)
  • MacBook Pro (13­-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-­inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-­inch, 2016)
  • MacBook Pro (15-­inch, 2017)

Visit this website and find an appropriate fix to your issue! Whether it’s finding an authorized Apple service provider near you, visiting an Apple retail store, or sending your laptop in to the Apple repair center!

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