Have a MacBook with a butterfly keyboard that needs repair? Because a judge in California has now pre-approved this settlement, you can claim some money as part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed on behalf of affected parties.
Apple has had a number of controversies regarding its hardware (often labeled ‘this door’ or ‘that door’) and one of them was MacBook models that worked with the flaw-prone butterfly keyboard and indeed needed replacement. .
As spotted by Macworld (opens in new tab)The $50 million deal by Apple, first agreed to in July, allows $33 million to be distributed among MacBook Pro owners affected by the issue, with up to $395 to be paid out to those affected. A claim. (As you might expect, most of the rest of the money went to lawyers).
To be able to claim you must have a MacBook purchased between 2015 and 2019 – this is of course a model with the butterfly keyboard in question, and that includes the vanilla MacBook, MacBook Air, and most MacBook Pro variants. In addition, the laptop must be purchased in one of the following US states: California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Washington.
As mentioned, the maximum compensation for those who need to replace more than one keyboard is $395. Those who replace only one keyboard will receive $125, and those who have to replace keyboard keys will queue up to pay $50.
Analysis: Keyboard replacement was a tricky issue
It’s good to see Apple (finally) come out with compensation on this issue, but keep in mind that the company hasn’t admitted to any wrongdoing in concluding this class action lawsuit. Undoubtedly, Apple wants to draw a line at the bottom of this section and move on.
One reason this problem is so frustrating is because replacing the keyboard is far from a trivial matter and involves disassembling other parts of the MacBook as well. In fact, the entire major chassis assembly of the laptop had to be replaced, namely the case, keyboard, and battery; whole party
Needless to say, this was an expensive operation, but Apple has launched a Keyboard Service Program to replace affected keyboards for free (multiple replacements are possible – and as noted, they are the ones who will pay the most here). By the way, that Keyboard Utility’s web page (opens in new tab) Contains the full list of affected MacBook models.
The Butterfly keyboard has gone through a few revisions, but all of these keyboard decks have remained problematic in one way or another – even if they have been improvements in previous incarnations – so Apple thankfully finally abandoned the design as of 2020.
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