Digitizers of the world unite: every day the prospect seems clearer than the ill-fated butterfly keyboard Its days are numbered. The key style, which debuted on the (already dead) 12 ? MacBook, has a life permeated by the polemics and unreliability that every MacBook (Pro, Air) equipped with it is in a huge repair program offered by Apple. .
The latest evidence that the butterfly keyboard is living its last days comes again from one of the most respected analysts in the Apple world. Yes: according to our old friend, Ming Chi Kuo, the design begin to be replaced by the old keyboard scissors still in 2019 and completely disappear by next year.
In a note to investors obtained by the MacRumors, the analyst reiterated the prediction that the 16-inch MacBook Pro will be released by Apple in the fourth quarter of 2019. Kuo had previously predicted that butterfly keyboards would be retired by Apple in the near future, but his predictions now are more specific than Ma's likely timeline to debut the ?new?. old ?scissors keyboard.
If Kuo once claimed that the scissor keyboard would be re-premiering on an MacBook Air upgrade later in 2019, now the other guess (could, the Airs have just been upgraded): the old engine will make its triumphant return on the 16 ? MacBook Pro, which, According to the analyst, will actually be presented next October, corroborating recent rumors. Already a new MacBook Air should come only in 2020, according to Kuo also with the keyboard scissors.
More than that: throughout 2020, all The selling MacBook models will be updated to retire the butterfly keyboard and adopt the scissors style instead. According to Kuo, conventional scissor keyboards cost manufacturers around $ 8 and $ 12 but Apple's up-to-date component should cost somewhere between $ 25 and $ 30. However, this figure is expected to be even lower than what Ma spends today with its troublesome butterfly keyboard.
There is no information as to whether the new scissor mechanism will be identical to that adopted by Apple on its computers in the past, but the suspicion that the design will change to accommodate the ultra-thin machines produced by the company today. That is, keyboards will be back to old technology, but it is likely that the keys do not have the same deeper tactile feel as computers of yore.
Combining Kuo's new forecasts with the recent rumors of more MacBook updates later this year, it looks like the second half will be busy for Apple's line of computers. Who cheered up?