Apple might not release a MacBook Pro with an improved keyboard design until next year
If you've been patiently waiting for Apple to fix the butterfly keyboard design it introduced a few years back, you'll have to wait just a little bit longer. While we saw a few reports pointing towards Apple introducing a 16-inch MacBook Pro with a more reliable scissor-style keyboard design sometime this month, a new research note from Ming-Chi Kui (via MacRumors) relays that we won't see a new keyboard design until 2020. Kuo doesn't specifyKuo doesn’t specify which MacBook model will be the first to re-introduce the scissor switch keyboard, but it’s long been assumed that it would be rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro.
just-announced 16 - inch MacBook Pro , it was obvious that the shallow, unreliable butterfly keyboard design was out and scissor switches were back in. But naturally, the teardown team at iFixit was bound to get their hands on the 16 - inch MacBook Pro and see exactly how its keyboard compares
16 - inch MacBook Pro Hands-on has mostly been positive, especially the new keyboard . iFixit has It is now confirmed that the design of the keyboard is identical to the ones on Apple’ s Magic Unlike the butterfly keyboard , each caps are replaceable. iFixit also went ahead and successfully replaced
From thewith Apple's just-announced 16-inch MacBook Pro, it was obvious that the shallow, unreliable butterfly keyboard design was out and scissor switches were back in. (It didn't hurt that Apple has confirmed the changes on the new MacBook Pro's product page.) But naturally, the teardown team at iFixit was bound to get their hands on the 16-inch MacBook Pro and see exactly how its keyboard compares to ones that came before it. Well, they've -- and just as expected, the new keyboard is nearly identical to the one in the 2015 MacBook Pro as well as Apple's external Bluetooth Magic Keyboard. That's great new for anyone in the market for a new Apple laptop.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro will have a different kind of Touch Bar
The folks at 9to5Mac have discovered that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will have a different Touch Bar design.None other than 9to5Mac has discovered the image file within the depths of macOS 10.15.1 code, revealing Touch Bar and Touch ID modules that are separated by a cut of aluminum. As you may know, all Touch Bar MacBook Pro models to date have included the Touch ID module within the same display enclosure.
The new Magic Keyboard in the 16 - inch MacBook Pro uses switches that look and feel almost identical to much… These new keys , which are essentially the old keys , have deeper travel, softer sound, and a more robust design . Replacing a broken switch mechanism still involves disassembling
iFixit confirms the individual key caps are removable — and the teardown revealed that you can even stick a standard Magic Keyboard keycap on the MacBook Pro ’ s Lucky for us the fine folks over at iFixit are starting their official teardown of the newest member of the MacBook Pro lineup right now
iFixit's story is a good read if you want to get the full, sad tale of the rise and fall of Apple's laptop keyboards. Long story short, Apple replaced the comfortable, highly-lauded keyboard in the MacBook Pro in the fall of 2016, bringing over the thin, butterfly-switch keyboard it originally introduced in the tiny 12-inch MacBook in 2015. People were pretty quickly divided about the new keyboard's shallow travel and rather loud typing sound, but the bigger issue was undoubtably a reliability one. Keys were liable to get stuck or repeat characters if even a small piece of dust or a crumb got in there the right way, and getting them fixed required taking apart the entire laptop. It was, in short, a fiasco.
Apple tried to make the keys more reliable over a few revisions of the butterfly keyboard mechanism, and it also guaranteed to replace any computer with that keyboard if there were issues even after the warranty expired.with Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro from this year is that the keyboard is now much more reliable than previous models I've tried -- but it does seem the keyboard is inherently flawed.
It's thus a huge relief that they've gone back to the scissor-style keyboard design, which means more travel and easier repairability. If you want to get up-close and personal with Apple's various keyboard designs over the last few years, definitely check out the photography over at iFixit. We'll have a full review of the new MacBook Pro soon, but in the meantime you can at the very least rest assured that the keyboard is a huge step forward. Now we'll just have to wait for Apple to bring it to the rest of its MacBook lineup.
Apple loses bid to stop class action lawsuit over MacBook keyboards .
Apple will have to face a class action lawsuit over faulty MacBook keyboards. Federal Judge Edward Davila has tossed out Apple's attempt to dismiss a suit accusing the company of not only hiding the fragility of MacBook butterfly keyboards, but of failing to provide an "effective fix" or full compensation for customers who paid for repairs. The suit claims that Apple violated multiple states' consumer protection laws, potentially leaving the company on the hook for many users who dealt with sticky or unresponsive keys when even a slight amount of debris slipped into their keyboards.