Apple's troubled butterfly keyboard mechanism has cast a dark shadow throughout the MacBook series, which led to reports that the company would update its popular MacBook Air laptops with a fiberglass-based scissor keyboard mechanism later this year. Now, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says at the top of the supply chain (via MacRumors) that the enhanced keyboard will first be launched in a deluxe model – a 16-inch MacBook Pro – before entering the company's notebook laptops in 2020.  For Apple, who was sued, sued and forced to implement a free repair program over keyboard issues, the optics of rolling out is not a mandatory enhancement to a particular animal laptop. Rumors suggest that the 1
Or would they? Apple's decision to roll out a scissors keyboard first in a high-end model may depend on something that is no longer transparent in its quarterly reports: whether the sale of the MacBook has actually been affected by persistent complaints on the butterfly keyboards. If so, waiting for next year can properly impact the sales of MacBook Air's and 13-inch MacBook Pros, which in recent years were among Apple's most popular computers. But if not, introducing a new keyboard solely at the top end of the MacBook lineup can't bother customers with less money to spend.
According to Kuo, all of Apple's other laptops will switch from butterfly to scissor keyboard by 2020, while accessory keyboards offered for iPads will continue to use squishy rubber dome mechanisms. The analyst in particular suggests that the current 15.4-inch MacBook Pro will continue to live on after the 16-inch model is introduced and get its scissor keyboard update by 2020. If accurate, it could signal a line of ultra deluxe laptops like the expensive Mac Pro with Pro Display XDR introduced in June at WWDC, possibly with premium OLED or mini-LED displays, which Apple has reportedly considered for new MacBooks.