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The $50 Million Settlement for Apple’s Faulty Butterfly Keyboard Design finally gets approved by Federal Court Judge



Apple's faulty butterfly keyboard

MacBook owners who have already filed claims for reimbursement for keyboard repairs will soon receive their funds.

A federal court judge in California has given final approval to a large $50 million settlement involving Apple’s faulty butterfly keyboard design as per the report by Reuters.. This outcome signals the end of a legal struggle that occurred as a result of design defects in Apple laptop keyboards built between 2015 and 2019.

Judge Edward Davila of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied a move to amend the settlement agreement, stating in his decision that a large number of people, roughly 86,000, had submitted claims seeking compensation for repairs they had personally paid. This statistic reveals the size of the affected user base, which will now receive reparation.

It should be noted that these claimants were either directly affected by the broken keyboard or were made aware of the litigation and elected to participate in the subsequent settlement deal, which was concluded in July of last year.

The new MacBook keyboard is ruining my life.

The lack of endurance in Apple’s keyboard design is at the heart of the legal argument. The revolutionary design introduced in their laptops proved unsuitable for everyday use, succumbing to the infiltration of crumbs, filth, and collected dust particles. As a result, these external factors frequently caused the keys to malfunction or become stuck.

This design fault garnered a lot of attention, with Casey Johnston’s well publicised article in The Outlinetitled “The new MacBook keyboard is ruining my life” encapsulating the frustration felt by many customers.

Apple’s faulty butterfly keyboard gets phased out.

Despite Apple’s many attempts to improve the keyboard, the issue persisted until the release of the 16-inch MacBook Pro in 2019, which returned to the “scissor switch” design found in the Magic Keyboard for Apple desktops. When Apple debuted a revised 13-inch MacBook Pro a few months later, the design was completely phased out of its models. Apple’s deal does not contain an admission of wrongdoing, but it will reimburse some consumers up to $395 for repair costs.
This final twist in the saga involved six objectors who argued that the settlement was unfair to MacBook owners who had never repaired their failed keyboards (and thus didn’t receive any cash) or that the $125 offered to those who’d only had to pay for one replacement wasn’t enough to cover the cost of repairs. But Davila dismissed their concerns, claiming that just seeking more money is insufficient reason to reject the deal. So, everybody who submitted a legitimate claim for keyboard money by the March deadline will only get paid.


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