Shortly after the departure of longtime Apple design chief Jony Ive, one of the company’s most criticized products in recent years appears to be undergoing a revamp.
Since the release of the redesigned MacBook in 2015, keyboards in Apple’s Mac laptops have featured a proprietary key design that was considerably thinner than all previous keys. Keyboards have been criticized by users for being too loud, not clickable enough, and breaking easily. Apple has attempted to redesign its keys three times since the design first launched, but even it admitted that its brand new laptops might need their keyboards repaired soon after purchase. Defective keyboards even led to class actions.
Rumor has it that Apple will unveil new laptops in the coming months. A report by senior Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, released Thursday, July 4, suggests that new laptops will abandon the keyboard design Apple has used with, in favor of “scissor switchkeyboard. Kuo’s report suggests that new laptop keys will have more travel (the distance a key travels when pressed) and durability, which should solve many of the problems customers are experiencing these days. last years, according to 9to5Mac.
The first laptop to receive the new keyboard design will be the 2019 MacBook Air, according to Kuo, followed by MacBook Pro laptops in 2020. Apple was not immediately available to comment on its laptop plans.