Every month, we’ll be bringing you a handful of kindly knitted, if slightly longer, reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes, these will be interviews with Apple execs about what it’s like to face and respond to what seems like years-long widespread criticism of one aspect of Apple laptops, thoughtful reasonings behind some of the slightly more baffling decisions Apple seems to make, or simply highlights of the best of Apple Arcade. All I know is, bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.
- Apple may have quietly released the 16-inch MacBook Pro in mid-November, but it made a big splash. Mostly because it came with a different keyboard than the divisive — but anecdotally unreliable — Butterfly-style keyboard found on every post-2015 MacBook Pro and every Mac laptop today. Of course, Apple being Apple, it wasn’t enough to merely switch to the old keyboard design, they also made a number of other changes to the keyboard: a real escape key, better key spacing, more thoughtfully positioned Touch Bar, and separate Touch ID. IFixit called it a throwback to a time when Mac laptop keyboards were good, then gave us plenty of details about what changed in their teardown.
The new Magic Keyboard in the 16-inch MacBook Pro uses a scissor switch that looks almost identical to the switches in the desktop Magic Keyboard, and MacBooks sold before the butterfly blunder. The switch is two plastic pieces, crossed, with a pivot in the middle to control key movement. It’s more robust than butterfly switches, and there’s more space to tolerate debris within its movements. This is backed up by the lack of a membrane around the keys, and the lack of an extended warranty (so far) on this keyboard. Apple seems confident about durability (or noise levels, perhaps).