The problem is everything else. About 80-percent of all Macs sold these days are notebooks; specifically, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. All of those models come with the notorious butterfly keyboard mechanism. Yeah, it’s the one you don’t want.
Is it not obvious that Steve Jobs’ favorite British designer, Sir Jonny Ive, put form over function with too many Apple products in recent years? Look at all the failures. No, not the original iMac hockey puck. No, not the Magic Mouse with the charger connector hidden on the bottom. Yeah, those are bad. These are worse.
For too many years Jonny Ive pushed thinner, lighter, faster upon Apple’s faithful, and while that gave us new products to lust over, it also gave us products not easily repaired, poor battery life, ultra-thin keyboards that broke often, and hardware that was non-upgradable. All so form could reign supreme over function.
That brings me to the Mac notebook line and Apple’s infamous butterfly keyboard design. That squishy design was required so form– thin and light– could dominate function (keyboards that worked).
Why don’t you want to buy a new Mac now?
Well, if you want a Mac notebook, as of now they all come with two things. First, the butterfly keyboard mechanism much hated by Mac notebook users all over the world. Second, a repair program to make sure you’re not stung to death by the beast of thinner, lighter, faster.
Is the third-generation butterfly keyboard design better than the ill-famed original?
Probably. Apple says it is.
It won’t matter because Apple took care of customers with the repair program, but you get the idea. If you don’t mind using a problematic keyboard, buy a Mac notebook today. Yours might be one of the lucky ones. Word on the streets says Apple has come to its non-Jonny Ive inspired senses and started shipping products with more functionality. iPhones with bigger and better batteries, for example. New Mac notebooks with a time-honored keyboard mechanism might be down the road a month or two.
So, you want a new Mac now? Choose wisely.