Apple explains why they have changed the keyboard of the MacBook Pro 16″ — 2022
After the launch of the new 16″ MacBook Pro we have been able to verify that Apple has opted for a new keyboard that it has baptized as Magic Keyboard. This keyboard stands out for including the scissor mechanism when in previous models we had a butterfly mechanism. In relation to this important change, Apple's marketing manager, Phil Schiller, has explained this decision in an interview that he has granted to CNET media.
Apple highlights its new Magic Keyboard
Phil Schiller has recognized in this interview something that many users think, and that is that the disappearance of the butterfly mechanism It is something that makes us happy. Obviously he wanted to make it up by stating that the professionals 'they want more' and that is why they have opted for this new keyboard mechanism.
This keyboard is the result of an extensive investigation that Apple has carried out for several years asking hundreds of professionals. A study has been carried out by the engineering team in order to understand the physiology of writing and also its psychology. According to Schiller, users who were asked about their ideal keyboard referred to the Apple Magic Keyboard, which is the keyboard that comes with iMacs . From the company they have taken all these ideas and have transferred it to this new keyboard that in theory has to give us the same experience, or better, than with the Magic Keyboard that can be purchased separately right now.
But obviously transferring this keyboard that we all have in mind, to a MacBook version is something tremendously complex because it is due to include backlight function and obviously it must be ergonomic. Something that also happens with thebluetooth keyboards for macthat we find in the market.
Obviously, this Apple manager has been asked about those keyboard renovations that they have done in the past with different generations of the keyboard with a butterfly mechanism. In relation to this, he has responded as follows:
There is always something to learn to improve a product, regardless of feedback, and… what can we do to improve it? Can we improve it along the lines of what we already have, or do we have to go in another direction, and for whom? The team took the time to do the work of researching, exploring, and reinventing. The team has learned a lot in recent years in this area
Heeding his words, the engineering team had to have time to integrate a new keyboard technology, though they tried to improve the product that they had in front of them and that was failing. In the end, they had to discard it completely and launch this system that really gives us very good results when we have worked with an Apple Magic of an iMac.
But the butterfly keyboard has not been completely discarded, since Schiller has not ventured to say that future Macs will include this keyboard. he only limited himself to saying I can't say today. We continue with the two keyboard layouts. We hope that good feedback from users ends up encouraging the company to include this type of keyboard in the new Macs, but obviously this takes a lot of development and research time.
Regarding the change of theTouch Bar, in which an 'Escape' button can already be seen, Schiller has commented that professionals demanded this physical button to perform their task. The biggest complaint they have received from these Macs with the OLED bar on top has been the absence of this button so they have fixed it in this new generation of Mac.
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