Updated butterfly mechanism / keyboard?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by WickedPorter, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. WickedPorter macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2012
    Howdy all,

    I have a 2016 MacBook (purchased May, 2016) and have a colleague who recently purchased the exact same model from our local Apple Store (late last week).

    The keyboard on the brand new one feels completely different than the one I have. Mine is very "clicky" and loud, the keys move around a bit more in the cavity, i.e. they seem more "loose." On the new one, the keyboard is far more quiet with a much softer feel on the keys.

    That said, I'm wondering if:
    1. Apple has revised the keyboard slightly in the later models
    2. The keyboard / keys / butterfly mechanism wears over time and gets "click-ier" / louder
    There's nothing wrong with mine, it works fine (aside from the surfaces getting a bit shiny), just immediately noticed the difference in the volume / feel of the newly purchased one which makes me wonder if some revision may have been done, especially since new MBPs appear to be using this new butterfly mechanism as well according to the leaked photos.

  2. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
  3. macintoshmac macrumors 68000


    May 13, 2010
    Surprising if they replaced the old keyboard with the new and did not mention this at the event.
  4. Trey M macrumors 6502a

    Trey M

    Jul 25, 2011
    Would almost guarantee this is just because yours is worn while the other is brand new. I remember the same thing happening back when my mom got her first rMBP (2014). I had a 2012 rMBP, and my keyboard felt entirely different. As time went on, they now feel the same. I think it's just a matter of 'breaking it in', tbh.

    It's possible, but very very unlikely they would change anything about the keyboard design in the middle of a product's lifecycle.
  5. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Will they make a stealth update or wait for rMB 3?
  6. baltoyyz macrumors member

    Mar 4, 2011
    I just had my keyboard and screen replaced on early 2015 (original) 1.2 MacBook. The keyboard is totally different! I thought I was going crazy then I used mine beside my colleagues 2015 MacBook and they are different. New one is quieter and seems to have more travel when pressing down on the buttons.
  7. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    I played with the butterfly v2 keyboard on the new MBP Esc and it is pretty awful. Feels like pounding on a toy, than a $2k computer. If my phone and iPad are the thickness of a credit card, can't my computer be a little fatter?

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