O 16-inch MacBook Pro It is between us and with it the promise of the end of the nightmare that was the existence of the keyboard with butterfly mechanism.
So far, absolutely every generation of the damn keyboard launched by Apple was part of the replacement program (a nice name for the good old recall) dedicated to the component. It was then a matter of time before Ma launched a machine with a redesigned keyboard. And she has arrived!
IFixit wasted no time and has already put its hands on the launch and proved what we expected: we are facing something completely new! I mean, or not, since the new keyboard drank a lot from the source of the Magic keyboard with scissors mechanism, which is no longer used by the butterfly for no reason that the name the same.
The scissor engine of the MacBook Pro is virtually identical to the keyboard that comes with the iMac and is sold separately by the company. The thing is so similar that iFixit swapped the MBP key for Magic Keyboard and everything worked perfectly.
According to the repair firm, those concerned with longevity / repairability should celebrate: in addition to having a slightly deeper key shift (which was a complaint to many), a softer sound and a more robust design, it is now possible to replace only a key if it breaks. True, this process still involves disassembling the entire keyboard itself and it's not so simple, but still
The mechanism consists of two plastic parts, crossed, with a pivot in the middle to control the movement of the keys. It is more robust than the butterfly keyboard and there is more room to tolerate possible debris that has settled there before, any particle of dirt presented a real danger. There is no silicone membrane (as used in the latest generation of the butterfly mechanism) to protect the bowels of the keyboard. Everything is now as it was before, with a few occasional improvements.
Compared to the butterfly keyboard, the new scissor mechanism has about 0.5mm more travel when pressed; the keys themselves are about 0.2mm thicker. The small clips that hold the keys to the scissor mechanism itself appear to be tightened so they won't break when you take the key off for cleaning or repair.
Below is the video iFixit made on the subject:
Good news, finally! ??