Apple introduced the keyboard with butterfly buttons in 2015 on its 12-inch MacBooks, though it didn’t last long without criticism. And it is that this keyboard mechanism patented by Apple has received a request group that complained about the multiples defaults of the same. We thus had erroneous keystrokes or a path that was too short when pressing the keys. Now Apple has decided to pay $50 million for the request and affected by keyboard will receive compensation of up to $395.
Although Apple boasted of a new type of button patented by them and exclusive to its portable equipment, with which it wanted to differentiate itself from the competition, in reality it ended up being a failure and a headache for its users. It used a hinge that Apple said “was like the wings of a butterfly”, and provided a better typing experience and four times more stability on the keys. At the moment of truth, if a little dust on the keyboard, the keys no longer work correctly, which renders its main function meaningless.
Apple will pay the lawsuit and those affected by the keyboard will receive between $50 and $395
The company finally decided to pay the fine after a long time, since the butterfly keyboards ceased to be manufactured in 2020. That said, Apple will pay $50 million to pay part of the settlement, where this money will reach the affected customers. These will get between $50 and $395, depending on how many times they had to fix the keyboard. Thus, all those who had to repair your keyboards multiple timesthey can choose a higher pay.
Indeed, those who had to replace at least twice the Upper bridge from their Apple laptop, they will receive the most money. In the event that it has only been replaced once, an intermediate amount between the proposed interval will be charged. It may be a bit excessive that when the keyboard fails and replaces it with another, it fails again, but the reality was like that. This “durable” butterfly keyboard was really very fragile and prone to breaking down, where with a few specks of dust inside it practically triggered disaster.
In addition, Apple has opted for one of its strengths, which was to make the keyboard thinner than the rest of laptops. So his butterfly keyboard was a 40% thinner than a traditional keyboard, leading to many complaints that the key travel was too short. Even though this proprietary Apple keyboard had various reviews and improvements, I never manage to solve their problems and therefore the aforementioned request.
30% of the $50 million will go to lawyers and the rest will go to US clients
We’ve already started with the bad news and that is that of that $50 million that Apple has to pay, 30% will go to attorney fees and other expenses. Thus, we are left with a total of $35 million to be distributed only among persons affected by several US states. Therefore, those eligible for financial compensation from Apple must reside in:
- New York
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If the user lives in another state in the United States, you will not be able to receive any type of payment from Apple. Also, even if you live in one of these places, getting your keyboard repaired multiple times and hitting the $395 top dollar won’t be enough for a new MacBook. In fact, the MacBook Air with Apple M2 chip have been criticized for costing $200 more than its version with Apple M1.
But hey, it’s always positive to receive compensation for an error from the company, where the person was not guilty. Therefore, it is recommended that all those concerned with the keyboard in the models MacBook, Macbook Air Yes Macbook Pro purchased between 2015 and 2019demand their financial compensation. And the judge still has to approve this agreement, although everything indicates that it will be signed. Meanwhile, Apple has learned from its mistakes and returned to the classic keyboard with scissor buttons which is less of a problem.