Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro Keyboards Include Dust Blocking Membrane To Prevent Failures

Yolanda Curtis
July 16, 2018

That's because a tiny particle of dust can block keys, and fixing the problem can be quite a chore.

And if you like talking to your computer, there's also support for hands-free "Hey Siri" commands to save that oh-so-bothersome process of tapping a key or clicking an icon.

Can this thin rubber layer block out dust and dirt
Can this thin rubber layer block out dust and dirt?Image ifixit

The Thunderbolt Display will need to be connected to the MacBook Pro with Apple's Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter for True Tone to work.

Primate Labs has published its preliminary benchmarks for the new MacBook Pro, revealing the biggest performance jump since 2011. Only the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar received an upgrade this year, including Intel's latest chips, up to 32GB of RAM, and up to 4GB of SSD storage.

Other than waiting to see how the keyboards of the 2018 MacBook Pros fare in the real world, there's one other way to find out whether Apple fixed the keyboard: iFixit's "official" teardown.

Meanwhile, the company continued to deal with several class-action lawsuits pertaining to the reliability issues of its keyboards, as mentioned in a report by 9to5Mac. While Apple itself has not said anything about fixing its keyboard beyond the fact that the third-generation keyboard is quieter than those that came before it, fix specialist iFixit has torn down one of the new computers and confirmed there there is a new silicone membrane in place on each key. And because the new notebooks are already available in stores, iFixit has already dismantled one. Interestingly, Apple has a patent for this technology, called "Ingress Protection for Keyboards", created to "prevent and/ or alleviate contaminant ingress". Besides the fact that the keys have less travel than the keyboards that preceded them and can be annoyingly loud when typing, they are prone to malfunctions or failing completely when dust or crumbs make their way into the butterfly key mechanism.

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