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MacBook Pro 2018 keyboard may not fix sticky key problem

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Apple has just announced its new lineup of MacBook Pro 2018 notebooks, and many people were hoping that the new keyboard included with the device would address the issue of ‘sticky keys’, where the keyboards would not accurately record key presses in some instances.

Unfortunately, Apple has told CNET (opens in new tab) that it has not included any tweaks to the design or engineering to address the sticky key issue.

After it had become apparent that MacBook Pro keyboards with the butterfly switch appeared to fail more than pre-2016 MacBook Pro notebooks with older keyboards, Apple admitted that some of its MacBook keyboard break too easily, and offered a new repair program (opens in new tab) to help fix the “small percentage” of keyboards in certain MacBook and MacBook Pro models that repeat characters, don't register key presses, or fail to respond in an expected way for free.

Keyboard woes

While Apple has upgraded the MacBook Pro 2018’s keyboard, with the third generation of the keyboard being quieter to type on, some people will be dismayed that the company apparently hasn’t directly addressed the issue of the sticky keys.

Apple maintains that this issue only affected a small percentage of users in the past, and it’s too early to tell if the keyboard in the MacBook Pro 2018 will be affected.

Hopefully, although Apple hasn't addressed the issue directly, the improvements it made to the keyboard elsewhere will have made this new generation less susceptible. We’ve contacted Apple for comment.

Via CNET (opens in new tab)

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Computing and Entertainment

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.