Apple finally reaches settlement over MacBook Butterfly keyboards and the company is now set to pay $50 million.
Apple Finally Reaches Settlement Over MacBook Butterfly Keyboards
The keyboards originally promised thinner profiles when it was introduced in 2015. But it however did not live up to its hype as it had various defects which led to repair recalls and ultimately led to poor reviews from critics.
The tech company apple has now agreed to pay $50 million in order to settle a class action lawsuit from its customers who claimed that the keyboards in the MacBook laptops that were made between 2015 and 2019 had a defect in their design.
The Settlement Was Filed On Monday in a California Court
The settlement was filed on Monday in a California court and it cites that apple knew about the said defects in its butterfly keyboards but the company ‘fraudulently concealed’ the problem from its customers. Apple on the other hand denied any wrongdoing.
“The proposed settlement to resolve this case is not an admission of guilt or wrongdoing of any kind by Apple,” the settlement stated. The news had been reported earlier by Reuters. Tech giants, Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
The proposed agreement is set to mark the end of a chapter for one of the most criticized products by apple. As ta the time the company unveiled the product back in 2015, it positioned it as a technological improvement on decades-old designs.
What Apple Has To Say about the Settlement
“It had some things it did really well, like creating a much more stable key platform. It felt more firm and flat under your finger — some people really like that, but other people weren’t really happy with that. We got sort of a mixed reaction. We had some quality issues we had to work on,” Schiller said during an interview with Roger Cheng of CNET back in 2019. “People sometimes underestimate how much work goes into a keyboard, and that’s why most keyboards in the industry don’t change for 10 or 20 years.”
Apple Made a Switch from the Butterfly Keyboards In 2019
In 2019, apple finally switched from the butterfly keyboards, a move which was hailed by many as ‘for the best.’
The company however still faced lawsuits over the product which it now appears to be settling. And as part of the agreement, apple would pay $50 million. The lawyers of the customers who replaced multiple keyboards during the time of use will receive maximum payouts of $395, while those that replaced one keyboard will get up to $125, and lastly, the people that replaced key caps may get up to $50.