Posted On 03/09/2015 By In News

New “Butterfly” keyboard switch in next-gen Apple MacBooks

Apple announced several new products today, including the Apple Watch and new MacBooks. The new MacBook keyboards feature a redesigned scissor switch, which Apple is calling the “Butterfly” switch.

They’re claiming that the mechanism “makes each key more stable, more precise, and 40% thinner,” and they’ve also increased the surface area of each keycap by 17% compared to previous models.

No word yet whether the new switches will feature an improved tactile or auditory response, but the 13″ model is shipping today, which means it should be available in Apple stores in the next day or two. (Correction: These switches will only be found in the new 12″ MacBook, which isn’t shipping until April 10.) I’ll be sure to report back once I’ve had a chance to try the new switch. My initial impression is that even less key travel isn’t a step in the right direction, but I’ll withhold judgment for now.

Also, let’s have a moment of silence for the old and awesome ThinkPad keyboards.

Today’s event, which is being livestreamed on Apple.com, is still in progress.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

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  1. I’m intrigued!

    > [..] My initial impression is that even less key travel isn’t a step in the right direction, but I’ll withhold judgment for now. [..]

    Totally agreed.

    I enjoy tall long key travel keys in mechanical keyboards. Rubber domes used to have high or medium profile keys but the trend is to go as flat as possible nowadays.

    I’m intrigued nevertheless.

  2. Aaron

    Today, all the tech bloggers are saying it’s the closest thing they’ve felt to typing on a touchscreen. Ruh roh.

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