Apple To Pay $50 Million To Settle MacBook Keyboard lawsuit

To resolve the complaint about the defective “butterfly” keyboards on MacBooks sold in the US, Apple has agreed to pay $50 million. In 2018, a group of MacBook owners sued Apple in a class-action lawsuit over the contentious butterfly keyboards, claiming that even minute dust particles could cause the new design to malfunction.

They claimed that the business failed to disclose the vulnerability of its butterfly keys. A butterfly keyboard-equipped Apple MacBook may have been purchased in seven different states: California, New York, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington, and Michigan. In the latter part of 2019, Apple released a new keyboard design.

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Upon approval of the $50 million agreement, those who replaced numerous keyboards can anticipate maximum compensation of $300 to $395, while those who replaced just one keyboard can expect to receive $125 and those only replaced key “caps mat” can expect to receive $50, according to CNBC. The $50 million windfall can be claimed by the law firms Girard Sharp LLP and Chimicles Schwartz Kriner and Donaldson-Smith LLP for legal expenses up to a maximum of $15 million.

Customers who purchased MacBooks with butterfly keys received a four-year warranty on free key repairs from Apple. The tech titan previously stated that different changes to the butterfly keyboard shouldn’t be covered by a single combined lawsuit. However, the plaintiffs contended that because of their shallow design and close-spaced key spacing, butterfly keyboards may all share the same fundamental issues.

Later, Apple introduced a new range of MacBook Pro laptops with Magic Keyboard, billed as “the finest typing experience ever on a Mac notebook.” Magic Keyboard is now accessible across the whole Apple laptop line. Compared to Apple’s prior design, which employed industry-standard scissor switches, the butterfly keyboard was smaller. (Only the report’s headline and image may have been changed by the Business Standard team; all other material was likely created automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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