Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is facing a class action lawsuit over troubles with keyboards in recent MacBook and MacBook Pro models. The suit alleges that the keyboards are defective and that “thousands” of consumers have been impacted by the problem.
Mac Rumors has the details on Apple’s new legal trouble.
The lawsuit, filed in Northern California district court, alleges that the low-profile, butterfly-switch keyboards in 2015-and-later MacBook and 2016-and-later MacBook Pro models are “prone to fail,” resulting in “non-responsive keys” and other issues, according to court documents obtained by MacRumors.
The lawsuit was filed by law firm Girard Gibbs LLP on behalf of MacBook Pro owners Zixuan Rao and Kyle Barbaro, residents of San Diego, California and Melrose, Massachusetts respectively.
According to the proposed class, “all persons within the United States who purchased, other than for resale, a model year 2015 or later Apple MacBook, or a model year 2016 or later MacBook Pro laptop, equipped with a “butterfly” keyboard” are invited to the party. The complaint stems from keys that become unresponsive due to dust or debris.
“As a result of the defect, consumers who purchased a MacBook face a constant threat of non-responsive keys and accompanying keyboard failure,” the complaint reads in part. “When one or more of the keys on the keyboard fail, the MacBook can no longer serve its core function: typing.”
Apple Inc. shares fell $0.16 (-0.09%) in premarket trading Wednesday. Year-to-date, AAPL has gained 11.05%, versus a 2.00% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.