This is what happens when a company known for style *and* substance decide to embrace style *over* substance for style:
The low-profile keyboards on the new Macbook Pro are a disaster. They’re far too sensitive to dust or debris and some break within two days of purchase
If you have an older model that still works fine, hold on to it for dear life. But make sure the keyboard is clean
I’m staying with my ancient Thinkpad
@cypnk just an FYI they still sell the 2015 MacBook Pro. If you need a new computer. https://www.apple.com/shop/buy-mac/macbook-pro?product=MJLQ2LL/A
@cypnk I love the way the new keyboards feel to type on, but……… https://social.extremely.online/@rhys/99844611250050614
@rhys That sucks :( Did you try the air can trick? Not that it’s a permanent solution. I’m not sure what we can do about it short of Apple doing a recall. I have friends and colleagues who have this issue and it’s driving all of us (even non-Mac folks) absolutely mad
I’m going to sound like a dunce (I’m a Linux and Windows simpleton), but has anyone created a new, viable, laptop alternative to Apple’s lineup that runs macOS and all of its recent apps?
We’ll leave aside the proprietary vs. open source debate for now because this keyboard issue is affecting people I know
@cypnk looks like a good summary https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/laptop-compatibility.106791/
the reviews for them seem to be quite positive http://www.davidrevoy.com/article341/review-purism-librem13-laptop
One of the biggest challenges for Linux is hardware variability. Purism model is similar to Apple, where they maintain both the distro and the hardware for it. So, they can make sure things work as expected.
@cypnk yeah I've been using macs for years because I simply got tired of maintaining Linux on the desktop. I really liked how everything worked well out of the box without me having to do anything.
Over the past few years I notice that the quality of both hardware and software took a nosedive.
I'm finally at a point where I'm willing to try Linux as my main OS again. Most of the apps I use either run on Linux or have workable equivalents.
@cypnk I guess the problem is Apple stopped licensing macOS to third-party manufacturers long ago, and has cracked down on those who sell Hackintoshes ...
But I wonder if selling a replacement, better keyboard for those new MBPs would be allowed or not. Though how to do that with the amount of space available, I don't know.
Stuck with one of those myself at work, my solution is to move to a team where I can use a Thinkpad :p
@michel_slm Apple is doing a new thing now where certain hardware pieces are locked to the device or somehow fail silently if incompatible. They started with the iPhone, where changing the fingerprint sensor can fry the replacement (or brick the phone)
Some Mac components are likewise locked to the platform, but I don’t know if the keyboard escaped this. And if it did, for how long it will stay that way
@cypnk do you mean a device that runs macOS but isn't apple manufactured? it can be done, but you wouldn't want to build a business on it because AAPL could lock you out at any time, and you'd be cautious of buying one because of uncertain future to updates. (however people have run recent macOS on "hackintosh" hardware lots over the last few years ... but too tenuous for me except as a plaything)