If Apple described the new MacBook Pro's keyboard as one that improves reliability, it would be the same as admitting there were problems with its past keyboards. Earlier this week, the Cupertino giant updated its MacBook Pro lineup, with new 13-inch and 15-inch Touch Bar models. Surprisingly, the third compatible monitor is Apple's own Thunderbolt Display, which has been discontinued for several years now.
As a long-time 2015 MacBook Pro user, I have been patiently waiting for a new MacBook Pro upgrade.
As per the patent application, the gasket would comprise of a layer that would act as a membrane to block dust particles. iFixit now says that's what the new MacBook Pro keyboard contains, and that the sound of the keyboard is quieter as a side effect of the silicone membrane. While a more reliable keyboard is undeniably a great selling point, it makes sense that Apple is not shouting about it at the moment.
Apple revealed a powerful refresh to its MacBook Pro devices earlier this week. But here's to hoping that the next generation of keyboards will completely fix the problem. While there are a few stores that still don't have stock of the new machines, they are generally well available in the United States. "This flexible enclosure is quite obviously an ingress-proofing measure to prevent the mechanism from seizing up under the brutal onslaught of microscopic dust", writes iFixit.