Difference between 1st and 2nd Generation Keyboards?

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  1. marc55 macrumors 6502a

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    Can anyone explain to me what the difference is between the 1st and 2nd Generation Keyboards?

    Are there any real issues with the 1st Generation Keyboard?

    Thank you
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  2. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    The 12" MacBook uses 1st-gen only. The latest MBPs use 2nd-gen. The next generation of MacBooks / MBPs will likely use a 3rd-gen keyboard, which I imagine will be a silent update to the poorly received 2nd-gen.

    In terms of issues, both suffer from similar issues with debris causing key press failures. There are likely more users with 2nd-gen than 1st-gen, so it looks as though there are more issues with the latter. Truth is, they probably have similar failure rates.
     
  3. aplnub macrumors regular

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    I just opened a brand new Gen 2 MB out of the box and 5 keys stick/hard to press/very loud clicks. It is going back for a refund. I owned a Gen 1 prior and never had a problem.

    I am going to try and wait for a Gen 3 but I actually need a MB for work so who knows what I will do. Disappointed in the QC from Apple.
     
  4. marc55 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't think the 12" MacBook's had 2nd Generation keyboards; thought 2nd Generation were only on the MacBook Pro's?
     
  5. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    You are correct.
     
  6. icymountain macrumors 6502

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    I think the terminologies used in the posts are different, and that aplnub called Gen 1 the 2015 MBr and Gen 2 the 2016 MBr, while both seem to have the same "Gen 1 keyboard" following the original post terminology.
    Has Apple ever had any official terminology ? (would be useful to better track which version is better).
     
  7. aplnub macrumors regular

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    What IcyMountain stated. I was referring to Generation 1 MB and not the generation of keyboard. Sorry for the confusion.

    I ended up sending it back and getting a refurbished unit from Apple. One week prior to the new release. Yay for my luck. It's ok though, it does what I need and I NEEDED it that moment for a trip. No way around it.
     
  8. Aboo macrumors 6502a

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    Having just tested out the 2nd gen keyboard on a 3rd gen MB, I think the keyboard is far better than the original. I've had issues with stuck keys on my original rMB and am hoping that Apple may eventually start replacing these keyboards with the newer generation.
     
  9. epca12 macrumors regular

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    Both have issues but I think there have been slight tweaks made when putting it on the MB, maybe some of those will help but it's not been tested properly yet.
     
  10. Ma2k5 macrumors 68000

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    I ended up getting stuck keys in my 2nd generation keyboards way too often, so ended up returning it. They wouldn't become permanently stuck for me, but it was still annoying - never experienced this on my mid 2014.
     
  11. bigjnyc macrumors 603

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    the 2017 12" macbook has the second gen butterfly keyboard... not just the pros anymore.
     
  12. epca12 macrumors regular

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    I think they slightly tweaked the 2nd gen for 2017 to improve reliability but it swill take time to see what affect it has, if any
     
  13. Xavier Pander macrumors newbie

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    I cannot speak much about reliability, but I thought the differences in feel where neglectable. Maybe you would notice a difference if you type with 1 or 2 fingers, but when you do 10 fingers, the additional click or resistance is not noticeable. I felt the gen1 feels actually a little faster.
     
  14. Rory76 macrumors member

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    Is the gen2 as loud/noisy as the gen1 keyboard?
     
  15. Xavier Pander macrumors newbie

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    I thought the gen2 was louder, since it has the more pronounced resistance/click. But I don't think the differences are vast.
     

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