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Apple may ditch hated ‘butterfly’ keyboard on all new MacBooks



Apple may soon ditch its much-hated “butterfly” keyboard for good, a high-profile Apple analyst said Friday.

TFI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a research note obtained by tech blog MacRumors that he expects Apple to unveil a new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models in the second quarter of 2020, including a brand new 14-inch form factor.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro model is expected to replace the 13-inch line, which will be discontinued.

The Cupertino, Calif.-based company four months ago released a 16-inch MacBook Pro model with its new keyboard design. The redesigned keys were a response to the “butterfly” keyboard which Apple introduced to enable ever-thinner laptop designs, but which proved faulty.

In addition to keys that are prone to sticking and breaking when crumbs or dust gets under them, users griped that the butterfly keys were prone to typos and felt weird to type on.

The unreliable keys forced Apple to introduce a free keyboard repair program in 2018.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro featured an updated version of the old scissor-style mechanism that its MacBooks had relied on in years past. The new scissor keys are modeled after its popular wireless Magic Keyboard.

Kuo also added that he believes coronavirus-related slowdowns at Apple’s MacBook parts suppliers would be gone by the end of the month, and would not impact mass production of the new laptops.

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