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Apple to launch a stunning MacBook with Scissor Keyboard

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back at it again with yet another research note in which he presents a more seemingly conclusive timeline of the company's MacBook plans. The analyst who's always had a very good track record with Apple predictions now claims that a new laptop model with a traditional scissor-switch keyboard will launch by mid-2020.

As reported by MacRumors in a report, Kuo hasn't come clean on his sources yet but stated that Apple's manufacturing partner Wistron has been asking to supply parts for the MacBook's scissor-switch keyboard in 2020. As per the analyst, an unidentified MacBook with scissor mechanism technology is set to arrive sometime in the second quarter or early in the third quarter of 2020.

The report doesn't specify which MacBook variant or screen size, but Kuo is likely referencing updated MacBook Air or MacBook Pro models.

Apple last updated its MacBook offerings in July, this year with a cheaper Retina display-toting MacBook Air and speed-bumped 13-inch MacBook Pro. The July refresh also did away with function key featuring MacBook Pros in favor of Touch Bar-equipped versions with Touch ID.

Kuo first relayed predictions of Apple's expected move away from the four-year-old butterfly switch to more robust scissor-switch keyboards in late July, claiming that a new 16-inch MacBook Pro would be the first to benefit from the transition. That report noted all MacBook Pros — 13-inch, 15-inch and 16-inch model along with the 13-inch MacBook Air would eventually adopt scissor-switch keys in 2020, a design to be carried forward into 2021.

Apple's butterfly styled keyboard was first debuted with the 2015 MacBook, to help with making the machines thinner. It was not well received, even though it received a number of updates over the years. Issues with keys getting stuck or accidental double presses were so common that Apple was forced into launching a 4-year free keyboard replacement program. The switch back to the scissor mechanism is expected to finally fix this problem for good.

Apart from the aforementioned scissor keyboard mechanism, the new 16-inch MacBook is expected to feature smaller bezels that give it the same dimensions as a current-generation 15-inch MacBook Pro, a physical Escape Key, and Intels' latest processors. The 16-inch model is expected to launch any day now, even though Apple hasn't specified anything yet.

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