Apple is reportedly looking at using different key switches for its future MacBook models. Moving away from the Butterfly keyboard switches that have been in use since its introduction in 205.
According to a report by 9to5Mac, long-time analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the new keyboard design will be based on scissor switcher. Offering durability and longer key travel. Interestingly, we may not have to wait too long to see the new keyboard, as Apple is aiming for its 2019 MacBook Air to be the first notebook fitted with it.
Following that, the MacBook Pro will then be the next to be fitted with the new keyboard switches. However, Kuo says that we shouldn’t expect the new MacBook Pro to show up until next year.
Apple’s butterfly key switches have been a critical issue that has stopped many fans of the notebooks from actually upgrading to the latest models. Apple itself had made efforts to mitigate the issues with each iteration, but sadly, to no avail.
One possible reason behind Apple’s insistence of using the butterfly key switches for so long is cost; its design was expensive to manufacture due to low yields. The new scissor key switches are expected to be expensive too, but Kuo says that they would be cheaper than the butterfly switches.