How many such Mac notebook keyboards have gone bad? Millions. Tens of millions. Well, actually, only Apple knows for sure, and in the Age of Outrage, the internet noise machine can turn molehills into mountains. Literally.
Type By Type
I’m not sure if its a fortunate thing or something unfortunate, but I learned to type on a real keyboard. A typewriter keyboard. A keyboard that required muscles to push the keys down; again, and again, and again. My fingers were so strong I could plug a literal dike. Yet, what keyboard do I use and prefer?
Apple’s butterfly-design keyboard; the keyboard that has become the vilest example of technology gone wrong, the inherent result of Sir Jon Ive’s Form Over Function School of Design. Why do I use it if it’s so horrible?
It isn’t horrible. It works. It works far better than any Apple keyboard ever– except an old ADB-based keyboard that actually clattered when I typed– and far better than a typewriter; any typewriter.
Look, I get it. Everyone has a perspective on whether a keyboard is good or not, including Matthew DeBord who seems to prefer using a real typewriter keyboard.
Hate your MacBook butterfly keyboard? You aren’t alone — complaints about the keyboard are all over the internet, and at Business Insider we’ve found the design to be wanting.
Nothing on BI is worthy of consideration, but go on.
Oh, wait. One more thing.
No, complaints about the keyboard were not all over the internet. That’s not how complaints work and definitely not how the internet works. But there were sufficient complaints over a long enough period of time that Apple instituted a free repair program, and then changed the butterfly design back to a scissors keyboard in the new MacBook Pro.
As to whether or not Apple’s Mac notebooks had more trouble with the troublesome keyboard or not, there isn’t any math to support or deny the conjecture anyway.
I’ve been using a new MacBook Air for about six months, and while typing on the keyboard is super-fast, I’ve also noted a decline in accuracy from the desktop keyboard I had been using, and from Apple laptops I’ve owned in the past.
Again, no math, but it would be nice to know which Mac notebook (they’re notebooks, not laptops) had a better keyboard, because we Mincey Folk on the Mincey Plantation have used about every Mac notebook available for nearly two decades and some keyboards seemed better than others but not one of us can remember which ones.
We also have a manual typewriter in the downstairs family room. In a closet. We’ve all used it. We all hate using it. That’s why it’s in the closet.
I also possess the state-of-the-art for portable word processing from the 1960s: a Smith-Corona manual typewriter, which I still often use.
State of the art? Really? Is it an IBM Selectric?
Honestly, I haven’t found the keyboard to be that bad. But it probably is the least accurate, worst-feeling Apple laptop keyboard I’ve ever used. I can see why folks are complaining.
Is this a comparison of keyboards? Or, a comparison of statistics for bad keyboards? Or, a comparison of ideas of what may constitute a bad keyboard?
How does the Mac butterfly compare?
Well, there ain’t no butterflies here! The truth is that typing on the MacBook Air, as I’m doing now, goes at Mach speed compared with the manual typewriter. BUT because you have to think carefully about what you’re writing with the Smith-Corona, and you have to apply some serious muscle, I think you make fewer errors.
Wrong. But, again, not math to back up the assertion.
It’s clearly no contest. Even the controversial Apple keyboard beats out the manual typewriter.
Even hacks from BI can see that Apple is onto something that somewhere around 50-million Mac users seem not to worry about (80-percent of all Macs sold are notebooks, and most of those sold in recent years– at about 15-million per year– are notebooks with butterfly keyboards.
I’ve always felt that I do my best writing on the typewriter.
CLearly, this article for BI was written on the Mac’s butterfly-design keyboard.
I get it. Haters gonna hate. Complainers gonna, well, complain. Most of us get used to whatever new keyboard we get on a notebook. It may take a day or a week, but few notebooks get returned because of the keyboard. We’re humans. We adjust. So far, all the Mac notebooks I know of on Mincey Plantation– those with the butterfly keyboard– work fine.
Maybe one day they won’t but I don’t really care. We’ve owned busted keyboards before and this controversial new design comes with a built-in repair plan.
You can’t say that for a Smith-Corona typewriter from 1965.