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Apple's new MacBook Pro ditches hated 'butterfly' keyboard

Apple on Monday unveiled a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, officially discontinuing its last remaining model with the much-hated “butterfly” keyboard.

The new Pro, which starts at $1,299, features a keyboard modeled after the company’s popular Magic Keyboard that’s based on an older, scissor-like mechanism.

Apple four months ago released a 16-inch MacBook Pro model with its new keyboard design that ditched the “butterfly” design, which Apple had introduced to enable ever-thinner laptops, 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 updated MacBook version will provide double the storage of its predecessor, with a capacity of up to 1 terabyte.

The company also said the new MacBook Pro will be available in select stores later this week. Apple stores around the world remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but recently began to reopen some stores in South Korea.

Shares of Apple were up 0.3 percent Monday afternoon, at $290.02.

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