Apple Is Ditching The Controversial Butterfly Keyboard On MacBook
Apple made a bold change to its laptops fundamental aspects back in the year 2015. The year saw the company make a subtle change in functional designs that had massive implications. A new keyboard design was introduced in Apple’s lineup of MacBooks that skipped the traditional key mechanism for a new proprietary design, that has since been dubbed butterfly mechanism. Unfortunately for the tech giant, the new design received heavy criticism due to its various vulnerabilities and faults.
The American company is now reportedly bidding farewell to its Butterfly design keys in favour of a new alternative.
Apple had tweaked the keyboards of MacBooks over the years to overcome its tendency of early degradation and malfunction. The Butterfly keyboard was infamous for its vulnerable mechanism that was prone to failure due to dust particles and heat. Reliability had become a big issue with the new design. Every laptop introduced since 2015 was vulnerable to the failure. Apple had initially claimed that only a handful of laptops suffered, but soon realized the problem and introduced extended repair programs.
According to a report, future MacBooks will be equipped with scissor-switch design on keys that are reinforced with glass fiber. Surprisingly, Apple’s decision for switching keyboards is not due to its reliability issues but rather the cost-effectiveness of the designs. The company has stated that the butterfly design is too expensive for the company due to its low yields. It is being replaced by a new scissor design which is supposedly cheaper than the butterfly design but not as cheap as traditional keys.
According to reports, the upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro that is said to release in September will not arrive with the new key designs; nor will the 13-inch MacBook Pro incorporate the new design feature. The new keyboard is expected to make its debut in 2020, with future MacBook Pros. Loyal fans of Apple will definitely look forward to the change. Apple is bringing a welcomed change alongside its repair programs which is a healthy move towards relations with its community.