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With today’s announcement of a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has finally stopped trying lớn fix one of the most controversial and problematic hardware designs in its history: the butterfly switch mechanism on its máy tính xách tay keyboards. After five sầu years of applying bandages khổng lồ the butterfly keyboard, Apple has switched over its entire máy tính xách tay line lớn the scissor-switch-based Magic Keyboard in the span of six months.

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Switching the entire sản phẩm lineup over to lớn a new keyboard in the span of six months is impressive, but the decision to finally vì chưng so came far too late. Apple obstinately stuchồng with this keyboard thiết kế for much too long, hurting its image and causing wholly unnecessary hassle & cost for its customers.

I would say good riddance, but I am typing this on a Apple MacBook Pro with a butterfly keyboard right now. If you’re using a MacBook yourself, there’s a good chance you’re typing on one, too. So while the butterfly keyboard may be gone from Apple’s store, it’s certainly not gone from this world.


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The era of the butterfly keyboard kicked off with 2015’s 12-inch MacBook. It was just called MacBook (no “Air” or “Pro” modifier), and it was heralded as a new kind of laptop for Apple. It kicked off a new thiết kế language, complete with USB-C ports & that butterfly keyboard. For a brief time, it seemed as though Apple intended it to be the MacBook, but it was too small, underpowered, và expensive lớn go truly mainstream.

That MacBook was discontinued in July 2019, replaced by the refreshed MacBook Air. But that little MacBook really was influential: the keyboard mechanism spread to the MacBook phiên bản Pro and the first iterations of the redesigned MacBook Air. Apple clearly believed in it và thought its benefits outweighed its problems up until relatively recently.

The primary benefit of the butterfly keyboard was that it was thin, giving Apple more flexibility lớn use the extra space for more components or to lớn make the entire máy tính thinner. It also meant that the keys were more “stable” as you pressed down, giving you virtually the same feel when you pushed down on the corner of a keycap as the center. Notably, today’s new 13-inch MacBook phiên bản Pro is ever so slightly heavier & thicker than the last one.

But those benefits were eclipsed by the butterfly keyboard’s many faults. The biggest is simply that the kiến thiết was unreliable. The mechanism was so fragile that seemingly any little piece of debris or grit could break a key, keeping it from working or making it type double letters. Adding insult lớn injury, Apple’s máy tính xách tay construction meant that replacing that single key wasn’t a simple operation. It required taking the máy vi tính into lớn an Apple repair center where the entire machine would have sầu to be disassembled.

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Casey Johnston was the first major tech journacác mục to lớn Call Apple out on this issue in a serious và sustained way, beginning with a 2017 article in The Outline titled “The new MacBook keyboard is ruining my life.” A March 2019 editorial from Joanmãng cầu Stern at The Wall Street Journal also made a huge splash, taking the idea that these keyboards are fundamentally flawed lớn the mainstream.


Apple tried tweaking the butterfly mechanism through several iterations

Through it all và up until the November 2019 launch of a “new” keyboard design in the 16-inch Táo MacBook Pro, Apple kept defending and tweaking the butterfly keyboard. It created a “second-generation” version in năm 2016. Then, in 2018, it added a silicone membrane underneath the keys to lớn keep dust out (though Apple claimed it was meant khổng lồ make the keyboards quieter). A third — &, depending on how you’re counting, fourth — generation design followed, with Apple descriptions of its tweaks getting more and more arcane until the last generation when it would only say that there were “new materials” in 2019’s MacBooks.

However, Apple did acknowledge keyboard problems, but it was in a way that implied the problem wasn’t as widespread as people thought. In 2018, it instituted an “extended keyboard service program,” essentially warrantying butterfly keyboards for four years. When it released new MacBooks after that, it even went so far as khổng lồ say the extended service program would apply to those brand-new machines as they were announced.

Only Apple truly knows how widespread the problems with this keyboard really are, & only Apple truly knows whether those problems made a significant impact on MacBook sales. If they have, it’s difficult to separate that effect out from larger trends in máy tính xách tay và Mac revenue, which has been little better than flat over the past five sầu years.


It fit the narrative that Apple cared about thinness above sầu all else

Apple’s Mac revenue is Apple’s problem, not yours. If you are a MacBook user, the biggest effect on you is whether your keyboard lets you type. That’s doubly important now, with Apple’s stores shut down in most countries during the pandemic and no clear way of knowing when you might be able to lớn get a repair done.

More than anything else, though, the whole butterfly keyboard saga has been a huge reputation hit for Apple.

For those who thought Apple was sacrificing functionality for thinness across its entire product lineup, the butterfly keyboard looked lượt thích confirmation. For those who felt Apple was intentionally making its devices harder to lớn repair as a way to lớn further lochồng them down and also cut out third-buổi tiệc ngọt repair shops, it was another data point. For those who felt Apple had stopped paying attention to the Mac, here was a prime example of a problem allowed to languish to lớn years. For those who felt Apple is still trying lớn create a “reality distortion field” where everything it makes is great but the truth is much more mundane, well... you get the picture.

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The butterfly keyboard hurt Apple’s reputation precisely because the outlines of its problems & Apple’s response to lớn them lined up with some of the biggest complaints people have about the company.

Earlier, I called Apple’s attempts to lớn save the butterfly keyboard obstinate, but a less charitable way of putting it is simply to Hotline it hubris. For some, it called Apple’s judgment into question. How could the company fail khổng lồ see — or refuse to admit — that it was shipping a bad product?

The Mac has serious challenges in front of it. As Intel’s processor roadmaps meanders, Apple is reportedly working on a switch khổng lồ its own ARM-based processors. As the Máy tính bảng iPad Pro gains more traditional computer functionality, more people are considering it a máy tính xách tay replacement. Through it all, macOS has seen slower development compared lớn iOS, plus less clear direction over the past few years. Are Catalyst apps the future? Is it SwiftUI? How will the impending ARM switchover affect the future Mac apps?

Those are fundamental software questions for the Mac, and answering them could be an invigorating challenge — one that could spark an exciting next era for the Mac. What a relief that we don’t need lớn worry about fundamental hardware problems at the same time.


Apple MacBook phiên bản Pro 13-inch with Magic Keyboard

The 13-inch Táo MacBook Pro now has 16GB of faster, 3733MHz RAM in its “select” configurations, alongside a 256GB SSD.

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