In a way, Smart Keyboards are not something new at Apple. In 2016, Apple began using a butterfly keyboard on its MacBook Pro laptops. However, several problems caused the company to revise it several times to solve them. Finally, after several attempts, the Cupertino team gave up on the idea and used the 16″ MacBook Pro to introduce a new keyboard with a scissor mechanism.
This new keyboard provides a different typing sensation than the butterfly one, and it doesn’t have the problems of the butterfly one. Apple has compared it to the Magic Keyboard that comes with some models of its desktops. However, this new keyboard may not be restricted to computers only, but there is also a chance that it will soon be available on the iPad via the Smart Keyboard.
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The Smart Keyboard is Apple’s official keyboard for the iPad and serves as its sleeve. The companion to the 2018 iPad Pro is the Smart Keyboard Folio, which varies slightly from previous iPads due to the change in pin placement. Those who have tried it or have one will know that the feeling it gives when you type is quite different from traditional keyboards.
That’s why some users don’t like the Smart Keyboard, and Apple may want to convince them by adding a scissor mechanism. The information comes from the Taiwanese website DigiTimes, and has been echoed by MacRumors. The site says that “the next generation of iPad will have a scissor keyboard,” where the keys will be backlit, and would be an exclusive system for the iPad Pro.
It is unlikely that Apple will attach a keyboard to the iPad, creating a kind of hybrid. What is more likely, however, is that Apple is thinking about a new Smart Keyboard. However, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in the summer of 2019 that the company would not make that change in 2020-2021, keeping the iPad keyboard design as we know it today. So if we don’t see anything new in that direction, in the new generation of tablets, it may be that this novelty will come in the next one or even in a couple of years.
Either way, it looks like Apple plans to introduce more computers in 2020 with scissor-type keyboards. In November, it was rumored that we would see a 13″ MacBook Pro with this keyboard this year, and a few days ago a new version of this laptop appeared in the company’s records.