2020 MacBook Air teardown shows in graphic detail how butterfly keyboards were snipped for scissor switch

published 26.03.2020 17:00

by Richard Speed from theregister.co.uk
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Noting that the keyboard had "only added half a millimeter to the thick end of the new Air", the iFixit gang dove in to see if Apple had done anything else with the extra space.

Last year's eye-wateringly expensive 16-inch MacBook Pro dispensed with the butterfly keyboard in favour of the normal scissor switches, and the Air has, as expected, followed suit.

The Cupertino collector of idiot tax introduced the magical butterfly keyboard some five years ago as it sought to make its products ever slimmer.

Teardown terrors iFixit have opened up the innards of the new MacBook Air to reveal not only the departure of the hated butterfly keyboard, but also tweaks that might make things a bit more repairable.

The iFixit team were also pleased to note the introduction of screws to hold down components as well as the use of stretch release adhesive rather than the "ultra-aggressive battery adhesive" found in MacBook Pros.