Apple has given up on the butterfly keyboard, a stupid, environmentally disastrous and life-ruining “innovation” that made the last two iterations of the MacBook Pro (and recent models of MacBook and MacBook Air) expensive pieces of garbage. Thus ends a years-long nightmare for both Apple and its customers.
In its place, Apple has announced that its new MacBook Pro will have a “Magic Keyboard” that has scissor keys, like most every laptop keyboard that came before it. “Scissor” and “butterfly” keys refer to the physical mechanism underneath each keycap that register a button press. For years, laptops had scissor switches, which, as my colleague Casey Johnston explained, consist of two crossed pieces of plastic that fold down when pressed.
Scissor switches allow the keys to “travel” a few millimeters down every time they’re pressed. In the interest of shaving off millimeters (or perhaps fractions of millimeters) of thickness from the last two generations of the MacBook Pro, Apple created butterfly switches, which use four more brittle pieces of plastic and allow each key to travel shorter distances when pressed. Butterfly switches result in a less repairable, more fragile keyboard that is unpleasant to type on, because it feels like you’re smashing your fingers against a hard plastic board with little give.
If you’ve bought a new MacBook Pro in the last three years or have at all followed MacBook drama, you’ll have heard that, besides being extremely difficult to repair or replace, butterfly keys are also susceptible to dust, crumbs, and all sorts of debris, which has led to a frustrating typing experience for many people who use them. For example, my MacBook Pro keyboard will often register two or three button presses on four different keys (the spacebar, ‘i,’ ‘p,’ and ‘w’ keys) when I only press them once. Apple described the problem like this: “letters repeat unexpectedly … letters do not appear … keys feel ‘sticky.’”
The new MacBook Pro “features a new Magic Keyboard with a refined scissor mechanism that delivers 1mm of key travel and a stable key feel, as well as an Apple-designed rubber dome that stores more potential energy for a responsive key press,” Apple said in a press release.
The butterfly keyboard is perhaps the greatest design mistake Apple has ever made: It has rendered untold numbers of MacBook Pros completely unusable and eroded consumer trust. Apple had to introduce a “Keyboard Service Program” to replace broken keyboards. Even tweaks to the keyboard on last year’s MacBook Pro could not make butterfly keys work better: The most recent MacBook Pro has the same problems as all the other ones.
Often, “repairing” a MacBook Pro requires literally replacing half of the computer. Apple has never said what happens to MacBook Pros that are returned with broken keyboards. When I asked last year, it suggested it was recycling them but didn’t answer specific questions about how, or which parts get reused.
“The clips themselves are much more fragile than previous models, and if one of those is damaged, it won’t seat properly anymore,” Aaron Dziel, of The Bookyard, which specializes in MacBook keyboard repair, told me last year. “If the mechanism is physically damaged there’s very little you can do to fix it besides swap the top case.”
Hopefully, the new-old scissor switches will fix the problems everyone has had with butterfly switches, and the MacBook Pro can go back to being a viable computer again. Farewell butterfly keys. May we never meet again.
The 9 Best Sex Toys to Give (or Receive) in 2019
In the midst of whatever holiday excitement you may be feeling (or not!), it’s good to also celebrate more intimate moments with a partner—or on your own. In the spirit of giving and receiving, I’ve rounded up my favorite sex toys of the year that can be enjoyed solo, with others, or both. Pick up…
In the midst of whatever holiday excitement you may be feeling (or not!), it’s good to also celebrate more intimate moments with a partner—or on your own. In the spirit of giving and receiving, I’ve rounded up my favorite sex toys of the year that can be enjoyed solo, with others, or both. Pick up a gift that everyone will enjoy this season and well into the new year.
Fun Factory Manta stroker
The Manta is hands-down the most innovative new sex toy for people with penises, especially for boosting masturbation or receiving oral sex. The stroker’s tip is contoured to grip and encircle the shaft of a penis for a tailored massaging effect, and its lubricant-friendly ridges keep liquid contained to enhance the glide.
Aneros MGX Trident massager
This prostate massager is a necessity if you’re ready to explore deeper sensations for the first time (or whenever, really). The Aneros’ “T” shape fits your or your partners’ body with arms that sit along the perineum and an insertable stem for G-spot or prostate stimulation—which is amazing, because sex that accounts for the P-spot can unlock incredible orgasms, even surpassing those that come with straightforward ejaculation.
Unbound Bender vibrator
The updated rerelease of Unbound’s popular Bender vibrator is stronger, thicker, and better than ever. The new version features an improved battery life and a stronger motor. The durable seven and a half–inch toy is flexible enough to reach the deepest reaches of your or your partners’ G-spot areas, and it can be used flat or bent into a curved shape for internal and external pleasure—whatever you prefer, or, of course, both. It comes in two cute colors—mint green and quartz pink.
CalExotics Packer Gear stroker
This is the ideal toy for transgender men who are looking for a stroker specifically designed to maximize physical pleasure after taking T. The stroker grips and uses suction on your or your partners’ genitals. The toy offers maximum genital coverage designed to emulate squeezing and massaging along the lines of masturbation, and it’s especially effective with a water-based lube.
Lelo TOR 2 ring
$115 (on sale, usually $139); Lelo
This sophisticated cock ring is a stellar companion toy to elevate the sensations of penetrative sex for everyone involved. It’s designed to fit over a dildo, strap-on, or bio penis, making it a great gift for people interested in changing things up without having to learn all new moves or techniques. Its six pleasure settings range from soft vibrations to intense pulsation to benefit both the TOR’s wearer and their partners.
Maude’s personal massager is discreet, silky in texture, water-resistant, and aesthetically pleasing. Given its unique shape—it looks kind of like an expensive cone-shaped paperweight in someone’s fancy office—this 100 percent silicone vibrator may have you wondering, How exactly does this work? The answer: exactly like most other vibrators, except stronger than most other vibrators, despite its innocent looks. This toy is especially recommended for travel (and even comes with a travel mode)—the TSA won’t know what it is, either. A note: This toy, for all its benefits, should not be used with silicone- or oil-based lubricants, which will degrade the silicone in the toy.
Womanizer touchless stimulator
The Womanizer, which emulates oral stimulation with soft bursts of air against a person’s genitals (and especially their clitoris), has been rereleased on its five-year anniversary in a chic white design. A claw shape provides suction and massaging air waves to send targeted sensations directly to your or your partners’ most sensitive areas for touch-free pleasure. You can literally sit back and let this waterproof toy do all of the work.
b-Vibe Rimming Petite vibrator
The slightly higher-tech toy Petite does double duty to simulate a rim job: Its vibrating head can be inserted anally for prostate or G-spot stimulation, and the rotating beads at the bottom sit against the nerve endings at the base of your or your partners’ anus. A remote control allows you or your partners to cycle between five different speeds/intensity levels as you go. Use a water-based lube with it—and feel free to take it into the bath or shower with you.
Doc Johnson Crystal Jellies double-ended dildo
Twist, bend, suck—use this double-ended dildo any way that you see fit to enjoy double penetration alone or with your partners. This jelly toy is firm, but soft enough for safe, easy vaginal or anal entry, and its multi-textured 12 inches create wave after wave of excitement as you go—whether you’re sharing it with a partner, or one of you is taking it all for yourself.
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