Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Apple rumoured to ditch MacBook keyboard mechanism

Apple rumoured to ditch MacBook keyboard mechanism

The scissor-switch keyboard uses a mechanism in which the keys are attached to the keyboard via two plastic pieces that interlock in a "scissors"- like fashion, and snap to the keyboard and the key.

The MacBook butterfly keyboard issues feel like a part of an endless story, even after several attempts to enhance the MacBook keyboards.

The result for some MacBook owners has been unreliable typing experiences, as some keys would stop working while others could repeat keystrokes. It appears that Apple has learned from its mistake and if the latest report is anything to go by, then Apple will be using the scissor switch keyboard on the 2019 MacBook Air and 2020 MacBook Pro. Indeed, Kuo's predictions usually end up being true, but we should wait for an official announcement from Apple to know for sure if the scissor-switch keyboard will be implemented.

The FCC filing also reveals that the model features the same dimensions as the current 13-inch MacBook Pro.

He also adds "We believe the partially refreshed MacBook Pro models will also adopt a new scissor keyboard in 2020; shipments of MacBook models equipped with a new scissor keyboard will grow 500-700% YoY in 2020".

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KitGuru Says: I've been a long-time MacBook Pro owner and I must admit, aside from poor thermal performance, the butterfly switches on the newer MacBook Pros have been keeping me away from upgrading.

Lastly (but certainly not least), many MacBook users simply find the butterfly keyboard uncomfortable to type on. This design will leverage glass fiber to reinforce its keys. Now, Apple might finally be moving on with another new keyboard design aiming to avoid these issues.

The company initiated a MacBook keyboard replacement program that covered MacBooks released from 2015 to 2017, and in May, it extended the program to all MacBook, including the newly released MacBook Pro.

The company had previously guaranteed next day repairs to satisfy users facing issues with the keyboard.

Although the numerous user complaints are reason enough to change the keyboard mechanism, Kuo suggested that it's more than that.

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