Sticky Keyboard Issues and Solutions for MacBook Air and Pro Variants
Apple had introduced the butterfly keys for more utilization of space and function in 2015. Additionally, the keys are quite comfortable to use. But, the situation became problematic when these butterfly keys started being sticky very easily. Apart from providing inconsistent typing, these keys turn hot when used for a long time.
Consequently, the keyboard proved to be one of the greatest failures of Apple. Even Apple has to control the damage on its own. And, after research and studies, Apple decided to change the butterfly mechanism of the keys.
What was the Issue with Butterfly Keys?
The main motive of Apple behind butterfly keys is to make MacBooks more compact and thinner. And, the idea was quite practical for those who need to travel with their MacBooks.
But, with butterfly technology users criticized the keyboards due to unresponsive, sticky and repetitive typing. Because food crumbs, dust and dirt can easily make space in between those keys. And, when any user presses the keys either they can’t type or type on a repeat. Thus, it is one of the most controversial movements of Apple.
Eventually, the users had to fix the issue on their own. And, the solutions turned out to be quite expensive and not reliable. Furthermore, the keys have such components beneath them like a butterfly’s shape along with a hinge in the centre.
So, What’s the Solution from Behalf of Apple?
Apple had started a repair program for butterfly keyboard in June 2018. The initiative was then taken for MacBook and MacBook Pro variants. Later, in May 2019, Apple added more variants to their list of keyboard repair initiatives such as MacBook Air, Pro and general MacBooks. Check these enlisted MacBooks to know if your MacBook is one of them.
- 13-inch MacBook Air (Retina, 2018)
- MacBook Air (13-inch, Retina, 2019)
- 12-inch MacBook (Retina, early 2015)
- Apple MacBook (12-inch, Retina, early 2016)
- MacBook (12-inch, Retina, 2017)
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (2016, with two and four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
- 15-inch MacBook Pro (2016)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, with two and four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
- 15-inch MacBook Pro (2017)
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (2018, with four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
- 15-inch MacBook Pro (2018)
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (2019, with four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
- 15-inch MacBook Pro (2019)
So, what can you do? Just check if your MacBook falls in the list. To do so, you have to click the Apple logo on your MacBook. Then, head towards the “About This Mac” option. There you will get every subsequent information about your MacBook including the MacBook variant. If your Mac device is listed then your next task is to find an authorized Apple service provider near you.
The service provider would examine your Mac device to know if the device is eligible for this free service. However, the entire service might include the removal of a few keys that are troubling you.
Otherwise, the service provider would completely replace the keyboard of your MacBook. If you have any query or doubt then contact a nearby Apple service provider, today. And, if you have to submit the device for a repair or replacement service don’t forget to create a data backup.
Twist with MacBook Pro Models of 2019
However, Apple has done several modifications on their butterfly keyboard. And, they have released 2019 MacBook Pro models with the third-generation butterfly keyboard. And, according to MacBook users, the issues have been tremendously reduced with this innovation.
As per some tech experts, Apple has added a membrane to cover the switches. That membrane has consequently made the typing smoother.
Meanwhile, the membrane and metal dome have transformed the keys to be more durable and provide the facility to bounce back. But, this technology has some cons, too. That’s why Apple has listed 2019 MacBook Pros in the list, too.
Clean the MacBook Keyboard
Though Apple has initiated a free keyboard repair service it can take days after days. Well, if the keyboard of your MacBook is dirty then you can clean it on your own. Here’s what you have to perform:
- Position the MacBook at almost 75-degree angle upright.
- Grab a manual blower and use it from left to right.
- Rotate the device to the right. Again blow the keys in the same direction.
- Now, rotate the device to its left and repeat the process.
If all the keyboard issues still persist, then consider getting help from an authorized Apple service provider. Verify if the MacBook is eligible for a free repair.