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MacBook Pro / Air Keyboard Issues (Repeating, Stuck, Unresponsive)

Apple in 2015 and 2016 introduced updated keyboards for its MacBook and MacBook Pro, debuting new butterfly keys with home switches beneath each key that minimize thickness while also providing a satisfying press under the fingers.

Unfortunately, Apple’s butterfly keyboards are highly controversial and have been called out as one of the company’s worst design decisions due to their penchant for failure due to small particulates like crumbs or heat issues. All butterfly keyboards in MacBook Pro, MacBook, and MacBook Air models introduced between 2016 and 2019 (and 2015 in the case of the MacBook) have butterfly keys that could be vulnerable to failure.

Apple in 2019 began phasing out the butterfly keyboard, and as of May 2020, it is no longer in use in new ‌MacBook Air‌ and MacBook Pro models, though older machines will continue to experience issues as these cannot be updated with the new scissor switch mechanisms.

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