Apple has finally decided to ditch the controversial Butterfly keyboard used in MacBooks since 2015. The Butterfly keyboard has some reliability issues including key presses failing to register properly.
The problem is that dust particles easily prevent keys from working. Some users reported that sometimes keys require a double tap to response and sometimes they don’t even response. Apple has tried various method to fix it including using a silicon layer underneath the keys, but nothing has fully fixed the issue.
Instead of Butterfly keyboard, Apple is going back to the original scissor switch starting with the 2019 MacBook Air. The MacBook Pro is also getting the new scissor switch keyboard, from 2020 onwards.
The all-new scissor keyboard will use the glass fiber and the keyboard will give the better durability and longer key travel than the Butterfly. It will be thinner than the old scissor keyboard but not as slim as the butterfly keyboard.
The new keyboard could improve the typing experience by offering longer key travel and durability.