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Apple is reportedly ditching the problematic butterfly keyboard switches on its MacBooks

Out with the new, in with the old?

2018 macbook air keyboard
Image: Macworld UK

A new report from Apple guru Ming-Chi Kuo says that the era of the troublesome butterfly switch used on MacBooks since 2015 is coming to an end.

Spotted by 9to5mac, the report says that next year, some of the MacBook range will get the user-preferred scissor switches back in the keyboard, with the rest of the range to follow suit in 2020.

An all-new scissor switch is coming

If you’ve been holding off from updating your aging MacBook because you hate the low-profile butterfly switches, maybe next year will be time to upgrade. At least, if you own a MacBook Air, as that’s the model Kuo says will get the revamped scissor switches first. That’ll follow with the MacBook Pro in 2020.

  • The new scissor switches reportedly have glass fiber in them as reinforcement
  • Four generations of butterfly switches in as many years all had issues ranging from stuck keys to repeated keystrokes to the clacky noise of typing
  • The last time Apple used scissor switches in every MacBook was before 2015

It’s funny, I made an off-hand remark about Apple ‘fixing’ the butterfly switches by switching the design back to the old one. Guess it was right on the money, which is pretty on-brand for 2019 so far, with truth being a changeable thing and real-life doing its best to out-satire the satirists.

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