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New MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro use same improved keyboard as MacBook Pro 2019

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Apple recently announced a surprise update of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, and it’s now been confirmed that the two new models will benefit from the same improved third-generation butterfly keyboard that comes with the more expensive models of the MacBook Pro 2019.

Apple introduced the new keyboards with the updated MacBook Pros in May after numerous reports of issues with previous generations of its butterfly keyboard – with the silicone membrane that covers the key switches improved (and the material changed) to prevent the problems that have affected older keyboards.

In good news for anyone tempted to buy the newly-refreshed MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacRumors got confirmation directly from Apple (opens in new tab) that the new laptops will come with the improved keyboard.

Better typing

With Apple discontinuing the 12-inch MacBook, this now means that every MacBook Apple sells will feature the improved keyboards.

Despite improving the keyboard, Apple has included all of its new MacBooks in its Keyboard Service Program (opens in new tab) – so if there are any further problems with the keyboard, Apple will fix it for free up to four years from the original purchase.

This all means that if you’ve been hesitant to buy a MacBook after reports of faulty keyboards in the past, then you should be able to buy a new MacBook in full confidence that you won’t have any problems typing on it.

Matt Hanson
Matt Hanson


Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking after two of the best, and most exciting, channels on the site. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made. He's also a huge film and TV fan and Marvel geek, and his favorite recent film is Dune.