Apple Reportedly Ditching MacBook’s Infamous Butterfly Keyboard Design

Posted on July 4, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, Hardware with 40 Comments

Apple might finally give up with the MacBook’s controversial butterfly keyboard design. The keyboard design, first launched on the MacBook a few years ago, have gone through a lot of changes since the initial changes. Apple’s been trying to avoid admitting to the design flaws, but it has continued to be a problem for Apple and its MacBooks.

And after multiple iterations, Apple might finally give up with the butterfly keyboard design.

According to a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac), Apple is working on a new scissor switch keyboard design for its MacBooks. Kuo says Apple is working on a new scissor switch keyboard design that uses glass fiber to reinforce the keys on the keyboard. The new design will offer longer key travel and durability, but the whole design would be slightly thicker than the butterfly keyboard design. The difference will still be harder to notice by users, though.

The new scissor switch keyboard design could even be cheaper for Apple to manufacture than the butterfly keyboard.

Apple is expected to first introduce the new scissor switch keyboard design on the MacBook Air 2019, followed by the MacBook Pro in 2020. It’s still early to tell whether the new scissor switch keyboard design will actually work out for Apple, but to be honest Apple users will take anything that’s better than all the iterations of the butterfly keyboard.

Tagged with , , ,

Elevate the Conversation!

Join Thurrott Premium to enjoy our Premium comments.

Premium member comments on news posts will feature an elevated status that increases their visibility. This tab would allow you to participate in Premium comments with other premium members. Register to join the other Premium members in elevating the conversation!

Register or Subscribe

Join the discussion!

BECOME A THURROTT MEMBER:

Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Become a Thurrott Premium or Basic User to participate

Register