It looks like Apple is all set to bid adieu to its erratic and unreliable Butterfly keyboard and replace it with its new Magic Keyboard. A DigiTimes report claims that Apple suppliers have ramped up production of the Magic Keyboard and that there have been no cutbacks in order from the company despite the coronavirus outbreak.
Apple first debuted the Magic Keyboard with the 16-inch MacBook Pro in November last year. This was then followed by the 2020 13-inch MacBook Air refresh shipping ditching the Butterfly keyboard in favor of the Magic keyboard. The company also released the Magic Keyboard with trackpad accessory for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, though it will go on sale only in May. The company is now expected to switch to Magic Keyboard on its 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro refresh as well.
The report also notes that Apple has seen an increase in demand as students move to study online and millions of people across the world embrace working from home for the coming weeks. Despite the increased demand, Apple’s sales are expected to take a massive hit in Q1 2020. The company first had to shut down its stores across China during the peak Chinese New Year. This was then followed by a shutdown of its retail stores across the world until at least the end of March as the COVID-19 pandemic further spread.
Apple has so far not cut back on any of its orders to its suppliers despite the coronavirus outbreak. However, as the situation worsens and major economies across the globe go into lockdown, Apple could cut back on component orders.[Via DigiTimes]