Hey Siri, what’s terrible for Apple, but good for consumers? What is that? A judge certifying a class action suit against the company for its infamous “butterfly keyboard”? Ohhh, you pervert.
The butterfly keyboard lawsuit isn’t new (it was filed in 2018), but this latest news means the case is getting closer to making a difference.
Unfortunately, certifying this as a class action suit will have no impact on everyone. According to The Verge (and the case documents), the butterfly keyboard lawsuit will only cover those who bought one in seven states (California, New York, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, Washington, and Michigan, if that’s for you. interested).
The whole idea of the butterfly keyboard trial is that the company knew the mechanism was a bunch of crap, and kept selling it. Amusingly, the case also quotes an Apple executive who had this to say about the butterfly keyboard:
Apple has tried to argue that it shouldn’t be a single trial, due to all the hardware changes it has made (like that sexy membrane). This was, however, DENIED, as the complainants (AKA, the people who filed the butterfly keyboard complaint) successfully argued that there were inherent issues with the butterfly keyboard that the changes did not resolve.
Indeed, they state that Apple has done nothing to correct “the tight spaces between the keys, [or] the low-travel aspect of the design ‘with modifications.
So what happens next? Basically law stuff. The case will go down and Apple will do its best to avoid doing anything. But you know what?
Hope Apple gets beaten by the butterfly keyboard lawsuit
In short, Apple’s actions regarding the butterfly keyboard were reprehensible.
It was clear to everyone that the hardware was faulty, but instead of fixation she, the company just threw shit on the wall and is hoping that will fill in the gaps.
When Apple finally shut down the butterfly keyboard, I wrote an article saying the company should reimburse anyone who owned any of the machines. I still believe it.
The company literally supplied defective machines to consumers for five years. At best, this is negligence. In the worst case scenario, it shows a malicious disregard for the people using these laptops.
Of course, however, Apple did nothing to fix the mess it caused. What if it took the butterfly keyboard trial to finally pay its debt? Well. Hopefully Apple gets taken to the cleaners and users get the justice they deserve.
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Published March 23, 2021 – 10:15 UTC