Marco Arment has outlined what Apple should do with the next MacBook Pro to fix the errors with the current design:
The best laptop to ever exist should be in the future, not the past.
There’s a lot to like about the new MacBook Pros, but they need some changes to be truly great and up to Apple’s standards.
I don’t think we’ll get everything Marco lists in his article;1 keyboard improvements seem the most likely to me.
I suspect putting in the far-superior Magic Keyboard in the MacBook Pro may be a bridge too far for Apple’s design team, but something has to be done to toughen up this keyboard.
Until then, I think Apple should open a Repair Extension Program for this issue. Early examples of the Late 2016 MacBook Pro are starting to fall out of limited warranty, and sticking customers with a $450 repair for a broken key is pretty poor form.
- I’d gladly trade in the Touch Bar for an SD card slot, though. ↩