Apple To World: New MacBook Pro Keyboards Are Only For New MacBook Pros

Something that is sure to rile up the Apple Fanboys who are victims of #KeyboardGate is this statement from Apple via MacRumors regarding whether the new keyboards that are used in the new MacBook Pros and the ones that apparently have been designed to avoid #KeyboardGate issues can be used in 2016 and 2017 models that have flakey keyboards:

When asked if Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers will be permitted to replace second-generation keyboards on 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models with the new third-generation keyboards, if necessary, Apple said, no, the third-generation keyboards are exclusive to the 2018 MacBook Pro. 

Now to be fair, that can mean two things. It can mean that Apple has quietly done the same tweak to replacement keyboards for the 2016 and 2017 models as the 2018 keyboard may have other differences that keep it from being used in earlier modes. Or Apple is giving those MacBook Pro owners the same keyboards. Which would be dumb. But I can see that happening. The only way that I can think of to settle this issue is for someone like iFixit to get their hands on one of these replacement keyboards and see what the deal is. Because if Apple is simply replacing faulty keyboards with faulty keyboards, it’s going to be in for a world of hurt.


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