Skip to main content

The 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro could be getting an improved keyboard

Apple just announced a new 16-inch MacBook Pro with an improved “Magic Keyboard” and bigger slim bezel display, but there could be another new MacBook on the way soon. According to the latest rumors, you might be seeing a 13-inch MacBook with an improved scissor keyboard in the first half of 2020.

This latest rumor comes via a report from DigiTimes, which has been known for reliable Apple-related leaks in the past. As obtained by MacRumors, the publication’s original report mentions that the keyboard on this new MacBook will switch over to the new scissor-style mechanism, but the device itself will keep a similar build and design as the older model.

Apple has long been on a journey to improve the keyboard on its MacBooks. The company had previously patented several keyboard-related technologies, one of which includes keycaps with reduced thickness, and another for a low-travel key mechanism. In both cases, Apple was looking to either create a more durable keyboard, or improve on an existing one.


The “Magic Keyboard” on the new MacBook Pro 16-inch delivers on some of these patents. It features 1mm of key travel and its keys are slightly more stable thanks to a new “rubber dome” inside the keycap. This rubber dome is able to store more potential energy and create more responsive key presses — a change from the plastic membrane in the older butterfly-type keyboard.

Online repair manual iFixIt has tore down the new “Magic Keyboard” and found that it delivered on these promises, and “is a step in the right direction”  in that it is similar to the older 2015 physical magic keyboard accessory. So, it will be interesting to see how this can apply to the 13-inch MacBook model as well.

Regardless, if this latest rumor holds up to be true, this would also be quite an interesting move for Apple. Despite the problems users had reported, Apple appears to be committed to both the newer scissor switch and the older butterfly switch keyboards in different MacBook models. The company currently has a repair program for users who are experiencing problems with the older butterfly-style keyboard.

Editors' Recommendations

Arif Bacchus
Arif Bacchus is a native New Yorker and a fan of all things technology. Arif works as a freelance writer at Digital Trends…
Apple’s Reality Pro headset may launch sooner than anyone expected
A woman reaching out while wearing a VR headset.

Apple’s mixed-reality headset is probably the company’s worst-kept secret at this point, and multiple rumors have claimed it will launch at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. What’s less clear is when the device will actually go on sale, but a fresh report might have just leaked this top-secret detail.

The information comes from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News (machine translation), which has just released a report on the Reality Pro headset. In that report, the outlet claims Apple is in a “final sprint” to get the product ready, suggesting it is almost ready to ship.

Read more
Apple may be struggling with its next Mac chips — here’s why that matters
Apple's Tim Millet presents the Apple silicon A14 Bionic chip.

Apple’s chip manufacturer is “straining to meet demand” for the chips that will power future Macs, according to a report from EE Times. If these difficulties continue, it could have worrying implications for Apple with just months to go before the 3-nanometer M3 chip is set to debut.

TSMC is currently manufacturing Apple’s 3nm chips (which TSMC calls N3), and the EE Times report notes that TSMC’s “tool and yield struggles have impeded the ramp to volume production.” Aside from Samsung, TSMC is the only company that has the ability to make these chips, so any kind of delay could be of grave concern for Apple execs.

Read more
It’s time for Apple to finally kill the Mac Pro for good
A close-up of Apple's Mac Pro from 2019 showing the front "cheesegrater" grill and top handle.

The Mac Pro has always been the cream of the crop in terms of performance. That's why its transition to Apple Silicon has been so highly anticipated over these past couple years.

But with the latest reports pointing to yet another delay, it's time to get serious about whether or not an Apple Silicon Mac Pro make any sense at all in the new lineup Apple has created. Given the situation, maybe it's time for Apple to kiss this design goodbye for good.

Read more