One of the biggest pain points with Apple MacBooks from the last few years has been with its butterfly keyboard design. This caused a wide range of issues and many had to turn in their laptops to be fixed. Now, one of the worst issues with the MacBook Pro will finally get a fix this year as Apple will reportedly move away from the butterfly keyboard in favour of a more reliable scissor mechanism design. And, as per a research note by reputed Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will introduce this new keyboard on its upcoming 16-inch MacBook that’s still a unicorn right now.
Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities in Asia claims that Apple will incorporate its new scissor mechanism in the keyboards and the 16-inch MacBook Pro will be the first to feature it. This upcoming MacBook Pro is stated to launch in the last quarter of 2019. After which, Apple will launch all of its upcoming laptops with this style keyboard in 2020.
As per a related report by CultofMac, “If you’ve been thinking about buying a new MacBook Pro in 2019 but can’t afford the rumoured $3,000 price tag of the upcoming 16-inch MacBook Pro, you probably should wait. Apple’s flawed butterfly keyboard design sparked a recall petition because the keys frequently stick or become unresponsive. Apple now offers free repairs for all MacBook models that use the butterfly keyboard design, including the MacBook Pros that just came out this month.”
Moving over to the new butterfly keyboards will save Apple some cash as well as they cost more to manufacture in comparison with scissor keyboards. As per reports, Apple plans to pay between USD 25 to USD 30 for its keyboard components which is much more than the average price of USD 8 to USD 12. These new keyboards will supposedly be supplied Sunrex.
The new report deviates from Kuo’s earlier letter to investors that claimed that the 2019 MacBook Air would be the first to feature this scissor-style keyboard and based on recent reports, this no longer appears to be the case. This would essentially make the 16-inch MacBook Pro the only laptop from Apple this year to come with this new keyboard.