A journalist's wrecked MacBook keyboard tells a terrible story
Many stories have emerged of Apple's entirely unreliable new keyboard. One man, though, posts a picture of his and it's truly painful. Coincidentally, Apple is now rumored to be killing this butterfly forever.
Some say his obsession with making everything thinner was responsible for this debacle. But it now seems clear -- if you believe the Wall Street Journal, rather than Tim Cook -- that after the launch of the Apple Watch and the unveiling of the Spaceship headquarters, Ive began to take his leave.
2018 was last year. These are relatively new laptops. And all Apple will say is that a "very small number" of them have a power problem.
Yet on Thursday a fresh, perhaps even reliable, rumor emerged. MacRumors, reporting the words of influential analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, suggested that this butterfly keyboard is to be euthanized.
The new keyboard will allegedly be based on scissor switches. Kuo's reported words: "There have been successful developments in the new scissor keyboard. The new keyboard could improve the typing experience by offering longer key travel and durability by adopting glass fiber to reinforce the keys' structure."
Anything to reinforce the keys' structure would seem like progress. What's painful -- at least for those of us who bought a MacBook Air at the end of last year -- is that Kuo suggests the new keyboard will appear in an updated Air later this year.
Not so long ago, a Best Buy salesman told me that the best Windows laptop is a MacBook. The simple reason, he said, is that MacBooks last twice as long as other laptops.
These latest MacBooks, though, seem incapable of lasting very long at all before beginning to disintegrate like a coalition of vast political egos.
Perhaps Kuo is right. Perhaps they will be fixed and return to something resembling reliability.