A few years ago, Apple introduced a new keyboard switch design in its MacBook laptops. It was meant to be a revolution in keyboard design as it was thinner than ever, but yet provided tactile feedback. Unfortunately, it was anything but, with users complaining about it, sending their laptops back in for keyboard repairs, and also filing lawsuits.
Apple has made several changes over the years to improve on it, like with their 2019 MacBook Pro refresh, but it seems that the company could be done with the butterfly keyboard design for good. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, he claims that Apple could be ditching the controversial design in favor of a scissor design switch.
The scissor design isn’t exactly a new design, but we all know that it works. Apple will be using glass fiber to help reinforce the keys which should improve on its overall durability. It will, however, be “thicker” but according to Kuo, he claims that users will probably not be able to tell the difference. He also notes that this new keyboard design will offer up a larger travel distance, but we won’t know until we try it.
This new keyboard is also expected to make an appearance in this year’s MacBook Air refresh, but it will not appear in the MacBook Pros until at least 2020. This is interesting as Apple is said to have a 16-inch MacBook Pro in the works, so it does seem odd that the company would not introduce a new keyboard design to that model.