The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand

www.theregister.co.uk | 6/28/2018 | Staff
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Apple's butterfly keyboards can be thwarted by little more than a speck of sand.

This is according to do-it-yourself repair guru Kyle Wiens of iFixit, who bemoaned the sorry state of the Cupertino idiot-tax racket's laptops in an analysis yesterday on his company's blog.

Apple - Craftsmanship - Wiens - Johnny - Butterfly

Calling out Apple for its shoddy craftsmanship, Wiens pointed out that the Johnny Ive-sanctioned "butterfly" mechanism used in the keyboards are prone to failure and difficult to repair.

"The basic flaw is that these ultra-thin keys are easily paralyzed by particulate matter," Wiens wrote. "Dust can block the keycap from pressing the switch, or disable the return mechanism."

Addition - Wiens - Slimline - MacBook - Keyboards

In addition to being easily clogged, Wiens said the slimline MacBook keyboards are expensive and hard to repair, thanks to Cupertino's insistence on gluing the keyboard in with other components.

The comments come after Apple has had to roll out a free repair program for MacBook and MacBook Pro keyboards following mounting complaints the keys were clogging up, breaking down, and inducing rage amongst fanbois.

Problems - Button - Design

The problems were traced back to a shoddy button design...
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