Apple is ditching the MacBook line’s much-derided butterfly keyboard mechanism going forward, switching back to its old style scissor mechanism. Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has stated that the new MacBook Pro will feature this new style keyboard. It will reportedly be more durable, offer better key travel, and not be defeated by dust and lint encountered in regular use.
As per Kuo’s note:
We have revised our prediction that the keyboard of the 16-inch MacBook Pro that will launch in 4Q19 will feature the scissor mechanism instead of the butterfly mechanism. The refresh versions of other MacBook models in 2020 will change to adopt the scissor mechanism keyboard, too. We estimate that shipments of MacBook models that choose scissor mechanism keyboards will reach 400k, 10mn, and 16mnunits, respectively.
Apple’s butterfly keyboards have been a disaster, to put it mildly. The firm has had to offer keyboard replacement programs for all its MacBooks sold with that keyboard over the past few years. As for the MacBook Pro’s 16-inch variant, Apple has been said to fit that large display in the same chassis as the current MacBook Pro 15-inch.
Apple is also expected to bring the MacBook scissor-switch to its other Macbooks which are due for a refresh in 2020.