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.