Despite the growing concerns due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Apple suppliers are currently reporting rapid increase in the production of hardware featuring Apple’s scissor-switch based Magic Keyboards. The claim from Apple’s supplier’s suggests that the 13-inch MacBook Pro will also move to the new Magic keyboard this year.
Apple had reverted back to the scissor-style keyboard last year in November with the 16-inch MacBook Pro. This new “Magic Keyboard” had been praised by users for being more reliable and quieter as compared to the butterfly keyboard, which was not well received by customers.
According to DigiTimes, suppliers have had no cutbacks in orders for the Magic Keyboard, which is used on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, and 13-inch MacBook Air which was recently announced by Apple. The Magic Keyboard is now going to be produced for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models too, which will increase demand. The publication holds a very strong record of reliable sources within the supply chain but it can still be possible that the rumor is being misinterpreted.
The 13-inch MacBook Air and 16-inch MacBook Pro now ship with a Magic Keyboard, while 2018 and 2020 iPad Pro users can easily benefit from it by buying Magic Keyboard Case, when it launches sometime in May.
Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro comes with scissor-switch keys with 1mm of travel and backlighting. It makes the keyboard look very similar to MacBook Air and MacBook Pro’s Magic Keyboard. The price for the 11-inch version is $299, and for the 12.9-inch version, $349.
It would be very unlikely for Apple to not adopt the Magic Keyboard for a future update to the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It is one of the most popular MacBooks in Apple’s line-up, used primarily by professionals, and is in urgent need of the new scissor-based keyboard mechanism. As per reports, Apple will release the updated 13 or 14-inch MacBook Pro with a scissor-switch based keyboard in second quarter of 2020.