“Those Apple Keyboards are Horrendous” – Screenwriting Oscar Winner Slams MacBook Keyboards

February 10th, 2020
"Those Apple Keyboards are Horrendous" –  Screenwriting Oscar Winner Slams MacBook Keyboards

Director Taika Waititi won his first Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay for his movie Jojo Rabbit. He used the opportunity to complain to journalists about how Apple messed up the keyboard with its recent MacBooks. Apple’s Butterfly keyboard design used in MacBooks since 2015 has not been overly popular among Apple’s customers and now the company seems to finally understand that as the new 16″ 2020 MacBook does not have this type of keyboard anymore.

Taika Waititi with his first Oscar. Image credit: Nick Agro / A.M.P.A.S.

Taika Waititi, also known as Taika Cohen, comes from the East Coast of New Zealand. He has been involved in the film industry for several years, initially as an actor, and now focusing on writing and directing. Taika became a blockbuster director with his film Thor: Ragnarok in 2017. Now he won an Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2019 film Jojo Rabbit.

Apple Needs to Fix Those Keyboards

During the meeting with journalists after winning his first Oscar, Taika Waititi criticized Apple for a bad keyboard design in its latest MacBooks. When asked what he thought writers should be demanding in the next round of discussions with producers, he said: “Apple needs to fix those keyboards”.

Taika Waititi continued: “They are impossible to write on — they’ve gotten worse. It makes me want to go back to PCs. Because PC keyboards, the bounce-back for your fingers is way better. Hands up who still uses a PC? You know what I’m talking about. It’s a way better keyboard. Those Apple keyboards are horrendous.”

He further explained that he is having an RSI (repetitive strain injury) syndrome with his arm. Taika Waititi said: “This sort of thing here (gestures to his arm), that tendon which goes down your forearm down into the thumb? You know what I’m talking about if you guys are ever writing. And what happens is you open the laptop and you’re like this (makes uncomfortable pose) — we’ve just got to fix those keyboards. The WGA (Writers Guild of America) needs to step in and actually do something.”

It is unclear which exact MacBook model Waititi worked with. What he most likely had in mind, is Apple’s Butterfly keyboard design.

Apple’s Butterfly Keyboard

Apple’s Butterfly keyboard has been used in MacBooks already since 2015. The idea behind it was to design a flatter keyboard, which will allow for thinner laptops. Feedback from Apple’s customers has not been positive though. Many people have problems with the keyboard. Sometimes, the keys don’t register at all, sometimes they register the hit twice, and so on. It seems the reason is small particles of dust or debris that get stuck under the keys and jam the Butterfly mechanism.

Butterfly keyboard mechanism. Source: Apple

In fact, Apple got so many complaints from its customers over the years, that they decided to fix any keyboard on MacBook for free for up to 4 years after the purchase. Apple enhanced the third generation of its Butterfly keyboard with a thin elastic membrane to fix the problem. Some customers, however, are still having issues with the keyboard.

With its new 2020 16″ MacBooks, Apple is finally slowly getting rid of the Butterfly mechanism. It seems they are coming back to some form of the original scissor mechanism. Let’s just hope that is the case for all future models of Apple laptops.

Do you write a lot on your laptop? What do you think about Apple’s Butterfly keyboard? Do you have issues with it? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

Source: IMDb, The Verge, Twitter

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Jack C Holt
Jack C Holt
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February 12th, 2020

And the magic keyboards are just as bad. What was Apple thinking. I tend to use external keyboards to get a better feedback experience and the magic keyboards don’t improve that at all.

J Smales
J Smales
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February 14th, 2020
Reply to  Jack C Holt

What are “magic keyboards?”

 CHris Crows
CHris Crows
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February 11th, 2020

I like this guy, he has no idea about computers because he is not interested in them and that’s fair. He probably last used a PC about 20 years ago.
Microsoft needs to step up their game and kill the “Mac” is cool for creators bs.

Crimson Son
Crimson Son
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February 12th, 2020
Reply to  CHris Crows

Fair point. But thee MBP is marketed to be the tool for the creative and implied to be for the non technically savvy. He IS Apple’s ideal target audience – creative, well known and award winning artist.

J Smales
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February 14th, 2020
Reply to  CHris Crows

What are you saying? He obviously did use one, or he wouldn’t be complaining about it.

Stephen Herron
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February 11th, 2020

I actually like the butterfly keyboard better, doesn’t bother me at all but if the keyboard is important to you buy one you like. Kind of strange to complain about something that was already changed.

Crimson Son
Crimson Son
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February 12th, 2020
Reply to  Stephen Herron

What? Why would the solution buy another keyboard? He already paid for one on a premium laptop, a highly touted feature by Apple BTW!
And the change is not that different. And it still requires an expensive and elaborate repair process to fix one bad key.

Fell Warnings
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February 14th, 2020
Reply to  Crimson Son

Gotta love the iPologists, accepting any garbage that Apple trowels out… even on a $4K laptop.

The new keyboard is likely to suck almost as much. Apple’s last good keyboard was 10 years ago.

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