Apple readying all-new all-non-butterfly keyboard for MacBook

Kuo Ming-Chi reports that Apple has new scissor switch keyboards on the way for the MacBook Air in 2019 and MacBook Pro… in 2020?

Back in May, I talked about the scuttlebutt going around that Apple would be replacing the butterfly keyboards in MacBooks going forward with an everything-old-is-new-again scissor switch design.

Now, supply-chain exfiltrator extraordinaire, Kuo Ming-Chi, has some details. Text via MacRumors:

There have been successful developments in the new scissor keyboard. The new keyboard could improve the typing experience by offering longer key travel and durability by adopting glass fiber to reinforce the keys’ structure.

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. Though the butterfly keyboard is still thinner than the new scissor keyboard, we think most users can’t tell the difference. Furthermore, the new scissor keyboard could offer a better user experience and benefit Apple’s profits; therefore, we predict that the butterfly keyboard may finally disappear in the long term.

It’s a little confusing in that Kuo says the MacBook Air, which was just redesigned last year in October of 2018, will be getting the new keyboard this year, in 2019. But, the MacBook Pro, which was last redesigned in 2016 but is rumored to be getting a big redesign this year, in 2019, won’t be getting the new keyboards until 2020.

Presumably, the new keyboards weren’t ready for last year’s redesign but, knowing they were coming, Apple built the new Air to make them relatively easy to swap in. But on the Pro side, it’s hard to tell if Kuo is saying the redesigned MacBook Pro isn’t coming until next year now, or it’s coming this year without the new keyboard and will be similar refitted next year, or if Kuo is ignoring the new MacBook Pro entirely and saying current MacBook Pro designs will get the retrofit next year.

Given the current butterfly switch keyboards have basically become radioactive, with generation after generation, membranes and new dome materials, Apple can’t get the new keyboards on the market fast enough.

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