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The new 2019 MacBook Air and entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro also use the updated butterfly keyboard design

By Ng Chong Seng - on 10 Jul 2019, 8:55am

The new 2019 MacBook Air and entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro also use the updated butterfly keyboard design

Earlier today, Apple updated its MacBook Air with a True Tone Retina display and entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Intel’s 8th-generation quad-core processors and Apple’s own Touch Bar and Touch ID, True Tone Retina display, and T2 Security Chip.

But these aren’t the only improvements. According to MacRumors, Apple has confirmed that the new laptops come with the same 3rd-gen butterfly keyboard design with an updated material that’s also found in the higher-end 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro portables announced in May.

Not much is known about this new material—at least from Apple; but in its earlier teardown of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, iFixit has discovered that while Apple is still using a silicone membrane to protect the key switches like the original 3rd-gen butterfly keyboard, the company has switched the membrane material from polyacetylene to polyamide (i.e. nylon). At the time, Apple also told The Loop that the updated keyboard will “substantially reduce an issue that some users have been having with previous generation keyboards”.

Immediately after today's announcement, Apple has added the new 2019 MacBook Air and entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro to its keyboard service program that's first introduced in mid 2018. Which makes total sense because the program already covers existing MacBook models that feature this updated butterfly keyboard design.

For what it’s worth, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently claimed that Apple is working on a new keyboard design based on scissor switches and will introduce it first in the 2019 MacBook Air. With today’s news, it’s obvious this didn’t happen, but Kuo also mentioned updated MacBook Pros with a scissor switch keyboard will arrive in 2020. So, let’s wait and see.

Source: MacRumors.

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