- Final approval for a $50 million settlement over Apple’s butterfly keyboard design.
- Lawsuit surrounding the faulty keyboard design in Apple laptops.
- Keys failing or sticking due to debris accumulation.
Background of the Lawsuit
- Lawsuit resulted from widespread issues with Apple’s butterfly keyboard design.
- Keys malfunctioning or becoming sticky.
- Casey Johnston’s article in The Outline highlighted the frustration of users.
Apple’s Attempts to Address the Issue
- Multiple iterations of the keyboard design.
- Persistence of the problem until the release of the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the redesigned 13-inch MacBook Pro.
- Replacement of the butterfly mechanism with the scissor switch design.
The $50 Million Settlement
- Final approval by US District Court Judge Edward Davila.
- 86,000 individuals filed claims, providing a figure for the number of affected users.
- Compensation for repair costs, up to $395.
- No admission of wrongdoing required from Apple.
Challenges to the Settlement
- Six objectors raised concerns about fairness to MacBook owners who didn’t repair their keyboards and the adequacy of the offered reimbursement.
- Judge Davila dismissed the objections, emphasizing the insufficiency of wanting more money as a reason to deny approval.
- The $50 million settlement marks a significant step in addressing the grievances of affected MacBook users.
- Compensation for those who filed verifiable claims before the March deadline.
- Apple’s acknowledgment and resolution of the keyboard issues demonstrate a commitment to user satisfaction.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- How did the butterfly keyboard design affect Apple laptop users?
- Keys would fail or become sticky due to debris, causing inconvenience.
- Did Apple attempt to address the keyboard issues?
- Yes, subsequent models featured an improved scissor switch design.
- How many people filed claims in the lawsuit?
- Approximately 86,000 individuals filed claims seeking compensation.
- Does the $50 million settlement involve Apple admitting wrongdoing?
- No, the settlement does not include an admission of wrongdoing.
- Can MacBook owners who never repaired their keyboards receive compensation?
- No, only those who filed verifiable claims are eligible for compensation.