It’s over, the rumors of six months ago have come true. With the launch today of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro model, Apple officially stop selling keyboards with the butterfly mechanism they were born with the first 12-inch MacBook in 2015. It’s been five years of updates and several generations that users haven’t liked.
The keyboard was born with the idea of decrease Voyage keys (the space they travel when pressed) for minimal expression, and also to improve stability to increase our writing speed. Unless VoyageThe computer can be thinner and lighter or at least leave more room for a larger battery. That’s what Apple has always done: find ways to make your devices lose weight and bulk.
Keyboards with butterfly mechanism will be remembered for not surviving user feedback or various improvements.
The problem with these keyboards arose with their use at a massive level: although this was a relatively small percentage of the total number of units, several of them gave errors that forced them to to make a computer change. Keys trapped by debris leaking inside, very loud noise on some generations… not even the addition of a rubber membrane to the third generation or a replacement program could help.
Finally, and with the initiative of Apple which began to listen to users more, the company decided to bring the design of the Magic Keyboard to all of its laptops. It was a transition of just five months, started with the 16-inch MacBook Pro and ended today. During this period, the entire line of MacBook laptops was renewed. It should be noted that Apple wanted to remove the butterfly mechanism as soon as possible.
A stumbling block in future plans for Apple keyboards?
There are those who say, and it is not unreasonable, that keyboards with butterfly mechanism were an attempt at a preamble on the arrival of completely flat keyboardswithout Voyage, with a sort of haptic system that would give us a physical response in the fingers. Over the years, we have seen several experiments on this subject in the form of patents, going so far as to transform these keyboards into screens that would turn like a glove into folding tablets.
However, the return of the Magic Keyboard has made it clear in Cupertino that users want physical keyboards with good response. At least until they find a full-touch keyboard that causes a very similar feel, which seems complicated at the moment, as even the iPad has earned its own magic keyboard. Maybe this forced Apple to change course in its original plans?
Right now, the Magic Keyboard is everywhere: Mac desktops, laptops, iPad Pro … awakening To users, it was clear: it is better not to upgrade this keyboard until it is very clear that it is working properly.