15" MacBook Pro Late 2016: Trackpad manufacturing error

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dobry, Apr 8, 2017.


Does your MacBook Pro Late 2016 have this Trackpad issue too?

  1. Yes, click sometimes doesn't work

    3 vote(s)
  2. No

    11 vote(s)
  3. I don't have such MacBook

    5 vote(s)
  1. dobry macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2015
    If you click near the left and right borders of trackpad, then sometimes it works, sometimes not (it is mechanically blocked). I was also in Apple Store and the MacBooks there had same problem. So for me it's a manufacturing error. It's probably a design failure. Unexpected quality from such an expensive Apple device. I bought the MacBook in internet (not directly from Apple).
    You can easily reproduce it when clicking near left or right border of Trackpad, afterwards on opposite site.
    Problem doesn't (or less) occur on 13", but on 15" (latest MacBook Pro with Touch Bar).

    Am I the only one who noticed that? I hope Apple will replace those Trackpads in a repair program.
  2. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    It is unlikely to be "mechanically blocked" since the trackpads on recent MacBooks are solid state (except slight flexing).
  3. Sanpete macrumors 68020

    Nov 17, 2016
    Sometimes doesn't work, but I never click at the edges, so I wouldn't have known.
  4. p910115 macrumors member


    Dec 29, 2016
    I'd notice that since the day I get mine.
    I think it's designed like that.

    If you slide from middle to the sides, the sides will work.
    (you can even swipe up and down and click normally)

    But if you start from the edge, it will not.

    I think it's designed like that to......
    to make the corner (hot spots) more easier to identify or some other shxt.
    (sorry for my poor English).
  5. xsdeus macrumors regular

    May 24, 2012
    San Diego, CA
    I think you're right. I observed the same phenomenon.
    Might have to do with palm rejection algorithms.
  6. tryrtryrtryrt Suspended

    Sep 10, 2016
    +1. IMHO this is the reason.
  7. aevan macrumors 68030


    Feb 5, 2015
    We already had a topic about this on the forum, you can search for it if you want. TLDR is - it's not an 'issue', it's by design and, yes, it's part of the palm rejection. Trying to click directly on the edge will not produce a click, however, try to put your finger further away from the edge, than drag the cursor until your finger reaches the edge, and then click. It works every time. That is to prevent accidental clicks on the edge. But if you start elsewhere and drag your finger to any edge - the click will work.

    Don't worry about it. It's good that it works this way.
  8. meteoreos macrumors regular


    Nov 8, 2016
    Midlands, UK
    It's not a manufacturing problem, all the MacBooks in my Apple store have this.
  9. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    it's part of the palm rejection as the others have said its the price you pay for a huge trackpad.

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