The 2018 MacBook Pro keyboard is the gift that keeps on giving. Just when we think we’ve exhausted one vein of tasty tech ore, we find something new. And today, we bring this trove to you—a teardown of Apple’s controversial third-generation keyboard in the MacBook Pro 2018.
Apple has a proven track record of failure for these keyboards. They’re being accused, by way of several class-action lawsuits, of knowingly selling failure-prone keyboards. Apple may claim that they design products to last—and that designing for repairability compromises the durability of a device—but this keyboard misadventure belies those points. If a single grain of sand can bring a computer to a grinding halt, that’s not built to last.
We’re definitely excited to see improved protection on these machines—consumers deserve it with the prices they’re paying. But if Apple had designed their keyboards for longevity in the first place, instead of chasing thinness at all cost, maybe we’d be in a whole different timeline, where MacBooks are repairable, and they never canceled Firefly…
All told, the 2018 MacBook Pro suffered the same dismal 1/10 repairability score earned by all Touch Bar MacBooks. Here’s what’s left after the 2018 MacBook Pro gave up its secrets, including:
1. A bigger battery that squeezed the speakers into a narrower form factor.
2. A keyboard decked out with a thin silicone barrier, which could be for sound baffling, but matches Apple ingress-proofing patents.
3. And a seemingly unchanged thermal management system, despite the extra power under the hood.
A titan of tech and industrial innovation has been laid low by a mere speck of dust. Last week, Apple quietly announced that they were extending the warranty on their flagship laptop’s keyboard by four years. As it turns out, the initial run of these keyboards, described by Jony Ive as thin, precise, and “sturdy,” has been magnificently prone to failure.
In our eyes, the new design was a repairability flop. We downgraded Apple from a seven-out-of-ten to a two. The subsequent 2013 update sent the MacBook line into a freefall, earning a mere 1/10—the lowest a notebook had ever earned at that point. They haven’t recovered since.
A slow computer doesn’t mean you need a new one. We’ve done all the compatibility research to set you up with the right parts, tools, and information necessary to breathe new life into Macs up to twelve years old. So go ahead, open all the tabs, say goodbye to the dreaded beach ball, and run those beefy programs with ease. Save your Mac. Upgrade your RAM.
Warning: Father’s Day is June 17. That’s coming up fast, folks. And this year, we’re honoring the dads, grandpas, uncles, friends, and mentors who taught us how to fix. In addition to providing much-needed support and guidance during our formative years, these relationships often serve as our first introduction to repair and tinkering.
Here at iFixit, we’ve got a whole pack of new dads and parents. So we rounded them all up to ask them about their favorite iFixit toolkits, and if they’ve recently repaired anything with (or for) their kids. Turns out, the fixer gene has not been spared with iFixit’s youngest generation. We were impressed by the sheer variety of things that dads have fixed for their kids—as well as the repair savvy their little ones possess in their own right.
Here at iFixit, we’re just a ragtag crew of Repair Rebels (and dogs), fighting against the evil Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy of repair. With starship repair stations and maintenance droids, we’re pretty certain that the Rebel Alliance knew how to fix. So in celebration of May the Fourth, we’re exploring our favorite gadgets from a galaxy far, far away.
Warranty Void if Removed stickers are everywhere. Turns out, those stickers are not only unenforceable—they’re illegal! Back in 1975, federal law was put in place to protect the rights of consumers. The law has been largely ignored—until now! Watch out manufacturers, we’ve got a license to tinker.