Apple Reportedly May Abandon Its Controversial Keyboard

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Interestingly, we may not have to wait too long to see the new keyboard, as Apple is aiming for its 2019 MacBook Air to be the first notebook fitted with it. After the onslaught of customer complaints, Apple eventually offered a free fix program for affected keyboards past year, while also trying a subtle third-generation redesign of the butterfly keyboard that also failed to live up to its expectations, resulting in an expansion of the previous fix program to include 2018 and even the recently-announced 2019 models.

Interestingly, Kuo made no mention of the 16-inch MacBook Pro he mentioned earlier.

"Though the butterfly keyboard is still thinner than the new scissor keyboard, we think most users can't tell the difference". Popular Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the company might offer a new keyboard design based on scissor switches. Though the butterfly keyboard is still thinner than the new scissor keyboard. Apple came out with a solution to fixing it that required holding the laptop in unusual positions and spraying compressed air on the keyboard. Indeed, Kuo's predictions usually end up being true, but we should wait for an official announcement from Apple to know for sure if the scissor-switch keyboard will be implemented.

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Since their debut in 2015, Apple's Butterfly keyboards have proved polarizing due to their shallow key travel, and have displayed numerous reliability issues including key presses failing to register properly. The new scissor-switch keyboard is the same keyboard mechanism that was present in all pre-2015 MacBooks and was quite well-received by the MacBook users back then. Though cheaper than the ones used to make the butterfly parts, the price will still be higher than a normal keyboard. A scissor-switch keyboard with more travel will be greatly welcomed. Even more, Apple Stores now offer a free keyboard replacement to MacBook, for MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro owners. As for the butterfly keyboard, it may "disappear" in the long-term, Kuo claims.

Apple launched its fourth-generation butterfly keyboard with its new 2019 MacBook Pro lineup, so as to decrease the occurrences of these issues.

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