In 2015 Apple introduced their first laptops using their butterfly keyboard mechanism.
The company soon lived to regret the issue, with numerous customers complaining the butterfly keyboards were prone to sticking and becoming unresponsive over time due to being easily clogged by small amounts of dust and debris, and in 2019 the company discontinued the technology.
Today Apple agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit regarding the keyboard design for $50 million.
The payment will go to buyers of the MacBook, MacBook Air, and most MacBook Pro models between 2015 and 2019, located in seven states (California, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Washington).
Payments are expected to be $395 for those who replaced multiple keyboards, $125 to those who replaced one keyboard, and $50 to any who replaced key caps. Customers were eligible for free keyboard repairs for four years after original purchase.
While customers claimed Apple knew about the defects, Apple denied any wrongdoing.