According to analyst Ming-chi Kuo, Apple is planning to ditch the butterfly keyboard, which was used in MacBook products since 2015, and replace it with a new scissor-switch design with glass fiber reinforcement. The controversial butterfly keyboard has been a hot topic for quite some time now because of its problems with dust and other particles that manage to find their way into the mechanism.
In a previous articles we talked about the issue with the butterfly keyboard and Apple’s Keyboard Repair Program. And while Apple tried to undermine the problem, stating that only a “small number” of users are experiencing such issues, reports suggest otherwise.
The thing is, no matter how many changes and improvements the company has done on its MacBook’s keyboards over the years, it appears that the issue remains unresolved.
Also, there might be another reason for Apple to switch the keyboard design. Analyst Ming-chi Kuo points out that a glass fiber reinforcement will make the keyboard more durable, as well as “improve the typing experience by offering longer key travel”.
Sure, the butterfly keyboard has its disadvantages, but it appealed to the users since it is very thin – an important quality for such sleek premium notebook. Kuo also says that while the new keyboard design is likely to be thicker, most users won’t be able to tell the difference.
The analyst’s report states that this new keyboard won’t be used in this year’s rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro, or the probable updated version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro.