The butterfly mechanism switch used on MacBook keyboards since 2015 have proven to be unreliable and caused many issues in the past. Apple is likely to ditch the butterfly mechanism in favor of scissor switches.
In the latest report by Ming-Chi Kuo, he says that Apple will be rolling out a new keyboard design based on scissor switches. Generally speaking, the scissor switches offer better durability and longer key travel. The scissor-switch will most likely make a debut with 2019 MacBook Air and the 2020 MacBook Pro.
Kuo also explains that the butterfly keyboard was expensive to manufacture. The scissor-switch keyboard features a new design which uses glass fiber to reinforce the keys. MacBook’s have earned the wrath of users due to its poor keyboard design and reliability issues. In 2018 Apple openly admitted that the butterfly keyboard on its MacBook Air and Pro laptops suck.
Apple loyalists have been expecting the company to fix their keyboard issues once and forever. The company had launched free repair programs for devices made between 2015 and 2017. Keyboard issues ranged from character repeat, inconsistent response and keys going kaput. The company tried fixing the issue on the latest MacBook Pro and added a silicon membrane under each key. The membrane was placed to stop debris from entering. However, the improvisation didn’t stand the test of time. Johanna Stern, a Journalist, and Apple user wrote an article with missing letters in a bid to express her ordeal with a broken MacBook keyboard.
Meanwhile, Scissor Switches use plastic hinges over a membrane and offer shorter travel times, and better response to keystrokes. We really hope that the report is accurate and Apple puts an end to its user’s woes with the butterfly keyboard.[via 9to5Mac]