Earlier this month, there were reports about Apple planning to move away from its butterfly keyboard design on its MacBook devices. After multiple upgrades and countless complaints from customers, Apple is finally moving away from the butterfly keyboard design to something new.
And according to a new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider), the company’s new keyboard design will debut later this year with the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Now if you have been following MacBook rumours closely, you would know that the 16-inch MacBook Pro was expected to be delayed till 2021. Kuo is now revising his predictions, stating that Apple is now planning to release the new device later this Fall.
Kuo is also reporting that Apple will expand the new keyboard design to the entire MacBook Air and MacBook Pro lines by 2020 as well, though the existing variants will continue to ship with the butterfly keyboard design for now.
This new keyboard design that Apple is working on is called a scissor-switch keyboard design. Here’s how I described it earlier this month:
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.
A new keyboard design on the MacBook has been a long time coming, and it’s also one of the main reasons I have stuck with my really slow and old 2015 MacBook Pro. Apple should have made this change 2 years ago instead of doing all the butterfly keyboard iterations that really didn’t fix anything. But hey, at least things are getting better.