New MacBooks May Have New Scissor Switch Keyboards

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Apple may be replacing the current butterfly keyboard mechanism with the newer scissor switch for the upcoming 2020 MacBook Pro and the 2019 MacBook Air, according to a report from Ming Chi Kuo.

MacBook Scissor Switch Keyboards

The butterfly mechanism has been the cause of several keyboard issues that have plagued Mac users since 2015. The scissor switch will have a new design, better durability and longer key travel, which potentially addresses all the issues with its predecessor.

Glass fiber material will act as reinforcement for the scissor switch. Though cheaper than the ones used to make the butterfly parts, the price will still be higher than a normal keyboard.

To date, Apple has had four iterations of the butterfly mechanism over the years, as users complained of problems such as a loud clacking, repeating inputs and stuck keys. It’s a step in the right direction, and it seems that Apple is learning from its mistakes.

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Samantha Wiley

Samantha is a senior news editor at iLounge. She has been covering the technology industry for over five years, writing about Apple, Google, and other major companies. Samantha has also worked as a reporter and editor for several other publications.