“Maybe it’s a piece of dust”

Over the past few days, there was a wave of discussion, back and forth across the net, about the MacBook Pro keyboard.

It started with an Outline article by Casey Johnston entitled, provocatively, The New MacBook Keyboard is Ruining My Life.

A taste:

I was in the Grand Central Station Apple Store for a third time in a year, watching a progress bar slowly creep across my computer’s black screen as my Genius multi-tasked helping another customer with her iPad. My computer was getting its third diagnostic test in 45 minutes. The problem was not that its logic board was failing, that its battery was dying, or that its camera didn’t respond. There were no mysteriously faulty innerworkings. It was the spacebar. It was broken. And not even physically broken — it still moved and acted normally. But every time I pressed it once, it spaced twice.

“Maybe it’s a piece of dust,” the Genius had offered.


“If a single piece of dust lays the whole computer out, don’t you think that’s kind of a problem?”

Read the article. Well written, it makes the case that Apple has made their keyboards too thin, with too little key travel for comfortable typing and too fragile for the lifetime of hammering for which they were designed.

Next up, check out this Reddit thread, chock full of folks with similar complaints (balanced with complaints about the article itself, of course).

Next up, read this Daring Fireball post, with this somber last paragraph from John Gruber:

I find these keyboards — specifically, the tales of woe about keys getting stuck or ceasing to work properly — a deeply worrisome sign about Apple’s priorities today.

And, finally, some dessert.