What’s the reverse of a diaper? Whatever it is, Apple has it on the new MacBook Pro keyboards. Yes, those keyboards. The keyboards from hell. The butterfly design keyboards that could go bad from a spec of dust and render a Mac notebook QWERTY useless. What’s the solution?
A child or adult diaper acts as a screen to keep bad deeds from spreading elsewhere. The new MacBook Pro, still with that infamous butterfly design keyboard, has a screen– you could call it a shield; or a diaper– to protect the device from outside infestation.
The folks at iFixIt, the same folks who love to tear apart and rip up new devices to see what makes them tick– and to see if they can find a way to help repair such devices– dug into a new MacBook Pro and found the diaper; the little shield that could.
The new butterfly design has been around a few years and appears on recent MacBook Pro models as well as the entry-level MacBook notebooks. The keyboard design is not without controversy. Some Mac users do not like the throw or the feel of the keyboard, but that’s a subjective issue. No single keyboard will make everyone happy.
This design, however, has made a growing number of Mac notebook users very unhappy because it was, 1) prone to break, 2) prone to catch dust and particles and then not work, and 3) cost of a lot of money to repair when out of warranty.
Let Apple Care be your friend, folks.
Walk into any Apple Store and start banging away on the MacBook Pro keyboard and you’ll notice the difference between older models, the MacBook models, and the new model. It’s a kinder, gentler, and quieter keyboard. As the iFixIt photo above shows, it has a diaper and that seems to make the new butterfly design both quieter and less prone to attract and store dust and other particles which rendered older butterfly design keyboards useless and expensive to fix.
What about those poor MacBook users with bad keyboards? Will they get a break? Apple already has a program to repair them, but they won’t get the new keyboard design with the diaper.
What we don’t know– yet– is whether or not the diaper is there just to reduce noise (some Mac users, including yours truly, love the clicky-clack of a hard keyboard) or to repel dust and debris or both. Reliability? That will take time to determine but you can bet Apple tested the hell out of the new keyboard design.
You just won’t hear any Apple executive call it a diaper.