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List of MacBooks with defective keyboards

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Everyone knows by now that keys get stuck in the bottom of a MacBook keyboard at some point. Apple, which initially blamed the stupid users, finally launched a worldwide keyboard replacement program. So, in short, if you buy a MacBook (or have bought one) you won’t be able to say you didn’t know….

Since 2015 MacBook keyboards are defective

And if you’re still not convinced, check out the long list of models eligible for the free replacement program that Apple was forced to implement, following the class actions they lost in the US: And it’s not new…

  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, early 2015)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, early 2016)
  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)

Apple replaces identically, with the same buggy keyboards

The keyboards are replaced with new keyboards of the same model. As a result, it will happen again and again…. And the day you are no longer under warranty, you can pay several hundred euros to repair.

Because unfortunately, the keyboard is soldered to the battery, which is itself soldered to the speakers. And since changing it is usually a problem (because of the T2 chip), it is common for Apple to also change the motherboard, which is soldered to the hard disk and memory… In short, they change everything but the screen. Which happened to me! As long as you’re under warranty, everything is fine, you get a new MacBook for free every year (with the parts of the year of purchase), but the day the warranty ends, aille aille. The repair costs almost the price of a new computer, but for parts from the year of purchase.

What about the poor planet in any case?

It won’t be the first time Apple gets nailed on this issue. But hey, for three keys that don’t work anymore, changing a keyboard, battery, speakers, motherboard, hard drive, and memory… that’s still a lot, right?

The catastrophic keyboard of Apple MacBooks

We are more than on programmed obsolescence, we are on defective material known in advance. And don’t tell me it’s the dust’s fault! Other brands’ keyboards don’t have to be changed every year. It’s the MacBook keyboard’s fault, and Apple engineers’ fault! Not the dust!

At the price of a MacBook, this is just outrageous.

The solution?

The solution, I found it… Stop buying Apple! It was fashionable at one time, but now it’s commonplace. And it’s more and more expensive, and it doesn’t work.

Instead: buy a laptop without OS, and install Linux (Linux Green Mint for example). For the price of a MacBook, you get a top of the line machine, and an equally solid and free OS (FYI, Apple’s OS X is based on Linux).

You can also buy a machine pre-installed with Linux.

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