Apple reportedly working on a new keyboard design for 2019/2020 MacBooks


Apple has been continuously tweaking its MacBook lineup from the last few months. We have already seen new hardware configuration in 13-inch MacBook models and now, the company is reportedly working on a new keyboard design for the new MacBooks that are expected to be launched by the end of 2019 or at early 2020.

This report comes from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9to5Mac) who has been frequently accurate in his predictions, which are sourced from within Apple’s supply chain and tend to provide an early indication of forthcoming hardware changes. In the latest reports by Kuo, he mentioned that the new keyboard design is expected to be reflected in the brand new MacBook Air models that are set to come out later this year, and new MacBook Pro models that are expected to appear in 2020.

According to him, Apple will replace the so-called ‘butterfly’ mechanism design with ‘scissor-switch’-based keyboards, which is what Apple used prior to introducing the ‘butterfly’ mechanism in 2015. In the past few years, Apple has received a lot of complaints regarding the issues faced by users with butterfly switch-based keyboards. Most of the complaints were concerned with the dropped keystrokes and repeated keystrokes, among other issues. Well, the company is finally looking over to these issues to resolve them permanently by replacing the keyboard.

Apple’s most recent MacBook Pro, introduced earlier this year, features a redesigned butterfly keyboard that employs “new materials” to help mitigate these issues, and it also recently introduced a free keyboard replacement program for MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro which extends to all MacBook models with butterfly-based keyboards. Still, if this report turns out to be true, the company is looking over to resolve the keyboard issues permanently.

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