iFixit Says 2019 MacBook Pro Keyboard Has ‘Subtle’ Changes to Design and Materials

Apple surprised us with a MacBook Pro refresh earlier this week. 2019 models feature faster Intel processors with up to eight cores for the first time, but also a new “material” added to the keyboard to hopefully reduce issues such as sticky and repeating keys that prompted Apple’s worldwide repair program.

Apple did not elaborate on what the new “material” was, but the repair experts at iFixit have completed a teardown of the new 15-inch MacBook Pro and discovered a “subtle change” made to the plastic covering the keyboard switches.

“Where 2018 models had a rubbery feel and milky look, this plastic is crinkly and transparent,” wrote iFixit in an email. “The metal dome over each key switch is subtly different, too. It could be a new surface treatment, and/or a tweaked alloy, possibly to alleviate problems with durability, bounce-back, or other issues.”

More details from the teardown to follow…

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