Apple recently introduced the new 2018 MacBook Pro models that feature the latest 8th generation Intel processors, making them the fastest ever laptops to have been developed by the company. However, in its blogpost, Apple also mentioned the MacBooks to carry its third-generation keyboard, which it claims to offer a quitter typing experience. However, a new report from MacRumors, suggests that the keyboards are not only quitter but also better protected from dust and other debris from getting in.
According to the internal documents obtained by MacRumors, the keyboard has a silicone membrane underneath the keycaps which can prevent debris and smaller dust particles from entering the butterfly mechanism of the keyboard. The same was also noted by iFixit recently when they did an actual teardown of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. While Apple only mentioned about the keyboard being quitter it was first theorized by website that the additionally layering was there in fact to prevent dust.
The need for a better protected keyboard comes from the rising number of complaints Apple has been getting from its existing MacBook users. Some users have complained about the keyboards on their MacBooks to become unresponsive, simply because of crumbs or other debris being stuck underneath the keycaps.
After acknowledging the issue, Apple started a worldwide service program, offering free repairs for older MacBooks that are equipped with second-generation keyboard with a similar butterfly key switch. However, it is being noted that Apple will not be replacing these older keyboards with its third-generation keyboard.
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Currently, the third-generation keyboard is only available with MacBook Pro models that come with a touch bar. This includes the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 15-inch MacBook Pro that are priced at Rs 149,990 and Rs 199,990, respectively. Both laptops are expected to go on sale through Apple authorized resellers later this month.