If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on the new MacBook Air, you’ll know that the keyboard is really great. Thanks to the scissor mechanism that replaced the hated butterfly keyboard, the keys are visibly cuter, with more freedom of movement. IFixit took a closer look at these keys in their latest version and reports a height difference of about 0.5 millimeters.
“More than anything else, that 0.5 mm illustrates the sheer uselessness of the five painful years that Mac fans have spent crushing unresponsive butterfly keyboards,” writes iFixit. “Knowing that Apple’s thinnest and lightest notebook contains such a graceful scissor keyboard, we wonder what it is for.
The keys also lack the silicone barrier iFixit found in a previous disassembly of the MacBook Pro. Apple claimed for the first time that the barrier was intended to make the keys quieter, but later internal documents showed that they should “prevent debris enter the butterfly mechanism “. By dumping the butterfly keyboard, Apple seems to be able to get rid of the silicone barrier as well.
In terms of recoverability, the biggest change found by iFixit is that the trackpad cables are no longer stuck under the logic board, so you can remove the trackpad without removing the board. The same goes for the battery, which is under these trackpad cables. This should facilitate and expedite battery repair and replacement.
Overall, iFixit assigned the new MacBook Air 4 out of 10 for recovery. It is not exactly a winning score, but it is one point more than the previous generation achieved.
Originally posted 2020-03-25 19:17:40.