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Apple MacBook owners could be in for a payout as part of a new $50 million class-action settlement, though those with the laptops will have to meet a certain set of criteria to qualify.
The original lawsuit revolves around laptops that were fitted with a certain kind of keyboard that were available for purchase between 2015 and 2019.
However, not everyone with those laptops will be eligible for a payout as part of the settlement.
Here’s what you need to know and how to find out if you’re eligible:
What is the settlement about and how much is it for?
According to court documents, a class-action lawsuit filed in 2022 alleges that MacBook laptops sold between 2015-2019 contained defective butterfly keyboards. The malfunctions, the lawsuit claims, can result in “characters repeating unexpectedly; letters or characters not appearing; and/or the keys feeling “sticky” or not responding in a consistent manner.”
While Apple denies all allegations claimed in the suit, a settlement of $50 million was reached in July of 2022.
A report from Macworld says the lawsuit was originally limited to eligible users in the eight states where consumers brought about the suit — Massachusetts, New York, Illinois, Florida, Washington, New Jersey, and Michigan. However, a November 2022 decision from a judge in a Northern California District Court approved the $50 million settlement to apply to purchasers of the specific MacBook laptops nationwide.
What exactly is a ‘butterfly’ keyboard?
In 2015, Apple released its newly designed MacBook, saying it had been “reinvented in every way to deliver the thinnest and lightest Macs ever,” an announcement from the company stated. “Every component of the new MacBook has been meticulously redesigned to create a Mac® that weighs just two pounds and is 13.1 mm thin.”
The announcement goes on to describe the laptop’s newly designed butterfly keyboard, noting that such a thin MacBook design meant “completely re-engineering how a notebook keyboard works.”
According to Apple, the keyboard’s butterfly mechanism is “40% thinner than a traditional keyboard scissor mechanism, yet four times more stable, providing greater precision no matter where…