Apple is not a controversy, but the latest MacBook Pro design misses the standard price.
WWDC is at it Although we do not expect Apple to refresh the MacBook Pro beyond a CPU load, it would be a great opportunity to talk to its fanbase about the bugs of its laptops. At least I would not like to say a word about how innovative these two characteristics are without generating guilt.
The Failure of the Keyboard
The low-travel keyboard of the MacBook Pro was first introduced in the 12-inch MacBook. It uses a "butterfly" switch mechanism to create a greater sense of motion in the keys without actually providing much key travel. While some people prefer it and some people like it anyway, its durability issues can not be overlooked.
Reports of failing keys began in 2016 and the negative consensus grew only from there. According to Apple fans, even the smallest amount of dust could make a key useless. Public pressure has peaked in recent months as lawsuits and petitions have been signed.
Apple could give some kind of recognition for the keyboard problem at WWDC this year.
Normally, Apple would simply continue the broken units and quietly, but here the problem is unavoidable. While we're unlikely to see a recall or a replacement program at the level of the iPhone battery situation, Apple will have to solve the problem in the future. It can not prevent defective keyboards from being sold in new products.
The good news is that Apple is already following a technology that could solve the problem. In March, we reported that Apple had patented a "scratch-free" keyboard that used several different approaches to keep small particles off the keys. We doubt that Apple will be able to go through this technology fast enough for WWDC in June, but Apple has to do to solve the problem.
The Touch Bar Failure
We could get some sort of confirmation for the keyboard problem at WWDC, but this next one is almost hopeless. The Touch Bar was first introduced in the MacBook Pro 2016 and looked like an interesting alternative to touchscreen laptops. The company famously avoided them and the Touch Bar seemed to be a way to provide MacOS with that touch capability. Unfortunately, it was more trouble than anything else.
Due to its position on the keyboard deck it actually removes useful keys. In addition, it often freezes, requiring a reboot to fix. I have not talked to a single person who uses the Touch Bar and appreciates its functionality through the function keys of the physical functions. Even in Apple forums you will hardly find anyone who likes the Touch Bar. From the perspective of people who use MacBooks, it is a total failure.
Sharing a 15-inch version without the Touch Bar would be great fun for pro users who need the extra power.
But Apple can not go back. Too much time and energy has been spent to replenish development resources. There's really only one way Apple could (and would actually) fix it: double-down. I would not be surprised if Apple replaced the keyboard and trackpad completely with a large touchscreen during the next redesign. It's going to be a tough sell, but it's not a question, it's the direction the company is going.
The best we can hope for is that in ten years we'll be looking back at the 2016 MacBook Pro through puberty
What can it do in the meantime?
Well, for starters, Apple could release a 15-inch model without the Touch Bar. Continue to make a premium option for those willing to pay for it. That would at least appeal to pro users who need the extra power without the unnecessary cost of the touch bar.
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