It took years of complaints, but Apple is finally replacing its controversial butterfly switch keyboards with a more traditional and proven alternative. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that beginning in 2020, MacBook Pros will feature a scissor keyboard supplied by Sunrex, the world’s largest laptop keyboard manufacturer.
The new keyboard will supposedly offer a better typing experience due to longer key travel. Durability has also been improved with the use of glass fiber.
We believe the partially refreshed MacBook Pro models will also adopt a new scissor keyboard in 2020; shipments of MacBook models equipped with a new scissor keyboard will grow 500–700% YoY in 2020. Though the butterfly keyboard is still thinner than the new scissor keyboard, we think most users can’t tell the difference. Furthermore, the new scissor keyboard could offer a better user experience and benefit Apple’s profits; therefore, we predict that the butterfly keyboard may finally disappear in the long term.