In one sense, it is a minor spec-bump upgrade for the existing lineup of inch MacBook Pros. But it also represents the end of an era: Apple no longer sells any new laptops with the much-maligned butterfly keyboard mechanism. Apple has moved relatively quickly to cycle out the butterfly keyboard from its lineup. In the span of six months, Apple has completely swapped out its entire laptop lineup with models that use better scissor-switch keyboards. Compare that to the five years it spent trying to make the butterfly keyboard mechanism work since the MacBook now discontinued.
The Touch Bar also remains for better or worse, alongside a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and — praise be — a real, physical Esc key. Apple says that 10th Gen Intel processors have a turbo boost up to 4. Apple says this inch display can reach nits of brightness and support the P3 wide color gamut. Subscribe to get the best Verge-approved tech deals of the week.
But before you buy, there are a few caveats to keep in mind. The two lowest-priced models are sticking with eighth-gen Intel CPUs. That's the model I'm testing right now, with a 2. In the hand, well, it looks and feels like a MacBook Pro. No noticeable physical differences, aside from the keyboard. And you'd have to have a butterfly keyboard MacBook nearby to compare and see any real difference, at least visually. Typing on it is another story.
I have, at times over the years, not exactly defended the butterfly keyboard, but I may have occasionally pointed out that it wasn't as all-out terrible as leagues of professional internet complainers would have you believe. Yes, I may have once written an article called " In defense of the Apple MacBook keyboard ," but it was pretty tongue-in-cheek, or at least that's how I'm retconning it now.
More than anything else, the new Magic Keyboard is what makes the latest Air such a winner. Yes, it solves a problem largely of Apple's own making, but the end result is highly satisfying The new keyboard is positively delightful, which is not praise I offer lightly. My hope is now that everything Mac has access to the same great keyboard design, we can stop talking about it quite as much, except to say it is indeed quite good.
The best Windows laptops have largely caught up as well although the same can't be said for Windows touchpads so finding a great typing experience is a lot easier than it has ever been. And one thing you won't find on any of those Windows laptops, or on the MacBook Air, is Apple's touch bar.
This slim OLED secondary touch display still sits above the keyboard, offering contextual controls for many system tasks and specific apps. It's not a huge selling point, although I frequently use it for volume and brightness control. Many MacBook shoppers would rather have their traditional function keys back, and I can't really argue with that.
The touch bar has at least evolved over time, giving up a little real estate to return the physical escape key on one side, and breaking off its very useful fingerprint reader on the other. This means every MacBook has been updated since last fall, although that may not be the end of the line, even near-term.
A version in a silver finish with black keys was bundled with the Mac Pro. At the same time, the standard Magic Keyboard without a numeric keypad also received a minor visual update with new Control and Option key symbols. Using this new design, two additional model options also include Touch ID sensors in place of the eject key. This update also discontinued the space gray Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad.
The updated keyboard models include:. The keyboards that have Touch ID sensors can scan the user's fingerprint to unlock the newest Mac models that use Apple silicon. In March , the version with black keys which was bundled with the newer Tower Mac Pro was updated with the newer design and added as a standalone purchase. It is, however, available only with a silver underside. In March , Apple announced a Magic Keyboard with integrated trackpad for and newer iPad Pros with trackpad support which connects through Smart Connector.
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More than anything else, the new Magic Keyboard is what makes the latest Air such a winner. Yes, it solves a problem largely of Apple's own. Logitech MX Keys Mini – Best For Home Users · Apple Magic Keyboard – Best for Intel Macs · Apple Magic Keyboard With Touch ID – Best for M1 Macs. The Magic Keyboard offers a lovely, backlit deck that holds its own against the 16” MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air for best portable.