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Apple researching retractable keyboards to keep future MacBook Pro thin

June 25, 2020


To balance its systemic need for thinness against its customers’ need for something they can actually type on, Apple is researching a keyboard that can fully retract into a MacBook Pro enclosure.

Apple has been careful to not say that the butterfly keyboard is gone, but that turns out to be more than because the lawyers tell it to. It’s true that if Apple ever actually said it was rubbish, there would be a cascade of lawsuits over it selling a keyboard that it knew didn’t work. But it looks as if Apple is also simply not willing to give up this fight for a thin keyboard yet.

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