Apple faces lawsuit over MacBooks with faulty butterfly keyboards

Posted May 15, 2018

Apple has been taken to court by a lawsuit, claiming that the company designed flawed keyboards since 2015. This was first spotted by AppleInsider, which also has access to the lawsuit statement.

Macintosh is confronting a legal claim over the design of its MacBook and MacBook Pro consoles which, shoppers cry, has keys that are inclined to getting to be stuck. It was first utilized on the 12in MacBook laptop, and after that later on the overhauled MacBook Pro line from late 2016.

"The keyboard features our second-generation butterfly mechanism - providing four times more key stability than a traditional scissor mechanism, along with greater comfort and responsiveness", the company wrote on its website.

The butterfly keyboards were introduced in 2015 when Apple redesigned the MacBooks, they even installed the keyboards on the MacBook Pro in 2016.

It continues saying 'When the MacBook's butterfly keyboard fails, the keys stick and no longer register keystrokes.

Several MacBook and MacBook Pro owners have complained that some of their keys simply stop working. The keyboard defect compromises the MacBook's core functionality. For some time, users have been instructed to tilt their computers and blow out the keyboard with compressed air.

The lawsuit is a result of dozens of complaints about the devices.

Now, Apple faces a class-action suit filed by Girard Gibbs about the issue.

According to thousands of users, the failure is in the butterfly keyboard mechanism which makes the machine useless.

Some customers have reported that Genius Bar technicians have been at a loss as to what is causing the problems with the usual suspect being "dust beneath the keys".

The complaint pointed out that a Change.org petition about this issue now has over 22,000 signatures.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Sichuan RAO and Kyle Barbaro, but it refers to "all others who are in a similar position".

The case has two plaintiffs, each with MacBook Pros (one specifies a 15-inch with Touch Bar), that allegedly have issues, and would have had to pay to get them replaced. Another man named Zixuan Rao was offered the same choice, but figured a patch up would not permanently resolve the problem and bought an external keyboard instead. Less than a year later, its space key and caps lock became unresponsive. As VentureBeat highlights though, those repairs can be expensive, with some users quoted as much as $700 for the fix.