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kart

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Jul 16, 2011
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Hi guys,
Today I picked up my late 2016 (Touch Bar) 15" MBP that had a replacement top case due to a faulty Touch Bar from Apple.
They replaced the entire top case - keyboard, battery and Touch Bar. When I picked it up, I asked if this is a revised keyboard that they put in as a replacement, possibly the 2019 model keyboard..
They were not able to confirm and just said that they haven't been advised whether replacement keyboards were the newer style, or exactly the same that my 2016 model originally came out with.
I have never had any issues with the keyboard previously, I was more so just curious, especially since the 2019 model is now the 3rd gen of these butterfly keyboards and especially the known issues of the 2016 model keyboard.
Since I have started using the MBP, post repair, I have to say, this keyboard feels very different to type on, from what I recall of my old keyboard. It feels a little more rubbery, I guess when you press on the keys. It's kind of hard to describe. I think it feels a little more solid and a little more responsive..Enough to have me thinking that it could be a revised version of the keyboard.

Does anyone know if they do in fact use a revised keyboard with the replacements? I haven't played with the 2019 model, so I cannot compare and don't really have the time to go to the local store just to compare keyboards.
If anyone here works at Apple. or has had any confirmation on this I would appreciate the feedback.
Cheers
 

maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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Does anyone know if they do in fact use a revised keyboard with the replacements?
Its my understanding that the 2018 and 2019 models get the latest and greatest butterfly keyboard, where as the 2016 and 2017 models will not.
 

chrfr

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Jul 11, 2009
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That is a really good question though. But is that info confirmed? Can't find any data.
The 2016/2017 models do not get the new keyboard– the 2016/17 is an entirely different internal layout and is not compatible with the 2018/19 parts. 2016 models will get the 2017 keyboard, however.
 

smbu2000

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Oct 19, 2014
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2016 models get replaced with 2017 model keyboards. I had my 2016 15 MBP keyboard swapped out a few times and it was always with the 2017 model keyboard.
 
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