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Finally, the contentious butterfly keyboard is supposedly ready to be put down, and a new scissor-based mechanism will be introduced.
Since 2015, Apple has used a butterfly keyboard in its MacBook designs and has been unable to solve all its problems despite its steady altering of the keyboard layout.
The fresh design of the Apple scissor switch offers long service life and longer key travel, according to an online report.
Apple is not an outsider to the scissor switch system. The company used scissor switches on its desktop keyboards traditionally.
The new scissor switch based keyboard layout from Apple uses glass fiber for longer durability and offers longer key travel, quotes Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, 9to5Mac reports.
The analyst has reportedly noted that butterfly keyboards are expensive to make, and while the scissor switch is cheaper than other laptop keyboards, it won’t cost as much.
The new MacBook Air model will likely arrive later this year, according to Kuo, the first new MacBook model to feature the new keyboard.
The scissor-switch based design will also be introduced to MacBook Pro models, but not until 2020.
It is worth noting that Apple launched the 12-inch Retina MacBook butterfly keyboard back in March 2015.
“… [Apple-designed butterfly mechanism] is an amazing 40 percent thinner than a traditional keyboard scissor mechanism yet four times more stable, providing greater precision no matter where your finger strikes the key,” Apple had claimed at the time of the launch.
In 2016 the company introduced the second-generation butterfly keyboard and third-gen with the 2018 MacBook Pro models.
In 2019, MacBook Pro was launched with the recent and fourth generation butterfly system.
Although the jury is still out on the fourth generation butterfly keyboard, reliability problems have arisen with the earlier generation keyboards.
Apple announced in June last year the free keyboard repair program on select models, and this year extended it to include more models.
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