The keyboards on MacBooks from 2016 onwards are pretty awful, but there may be a ray of hope for a not awful keyboard shipping in a MacBook Pro before 2019 is over.
As MacRumors reports, the latest investor note from well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the rumored new 16-inch MacBook Pro should arrive in the fourth quarter of this year. Better yet, Kuo believes that Apple is switching from the much-hated butterfly keyboard mechanism to a scissor mechanism for this laptop.
The reason nobody likes the butterfly mechanism is because it proved so unreliable, with dust particles able to stop keys functioning. It also makes for a very hard typing experience that can be very uncomfortable with extended use. Apple has improved the butterfly keyboard over generations of MacBook, but not before relenting and offering free repairs for all MacBook and MacBook Pro models.
If the 16-inch MBP doesn’t appeal, Kuo has some more good news. He also expects Apple to ship all 2020 MacBooks onwards with the scissor mechanism, which would signal an end to the butterfly keyboard and its problems. If nothing else, your fingertips will be happy. and if you’re wondering if this will make MacBooks thicker again, Kuo doesn’t think so and believes users won’t even notice (other than through typing experience and having a keyboard without broken keys).