The ambiguity was seggiolone few years users swear too fragile keyboard which Apple installs in current models of their laptops.
Alas, the mechanism of the type “butterfly” was not justified. Apple released three cosmetic fixes, three generations of this mechanism, but “things are there”.
We decided to see how changing the keyboard company in the past and whether they were so unproblematic as we think.
1983: Apple Lisa A6MB101
After the Apple II in a wooden case, Apple managed to release a computer that meets the requirements of the design in the early 80s.
Apple Lisa received the keyboard A6MB101. Powerful grey keys, a separate numeric keypad. This keyboard was easy to fend off enemies.
But its length was identical to the full-sized Apple Keyboard with optional digital unit keys. It seems that in the development of recent engineers clearly relied on origins.
1984: Apple Macintosh M0110
Main problems: impressive weight and sticky over time, CapsLock.
After a year Apple released the first Macintosh computer. No change in the keyboard unit Apple could not do.
Digital unit has decided to abolish, and the keyboard to make it more compact. When typing on a keyboard was a real feeling that you knock on the keyboard unit.
One of the most common problems first Apple, including M0110, was sinking down CapsLock. The lock mechanism (a button then when pressed utaplivaet in the lower position) eventually broke down and needed repair.
1986: Apple Desktop Bus Keyboard A9M0330
Main problems: the weird key layout cursor control.
This keyboard was the first in the line of Apple devices, which used a new connector. Instead of the classic port, resembling a network cable “twisted pair”, Apple moved to patienly connector.
The feature of the keyboard was the possibility of connecting a mouse directly to the keyboard. So the user can minimize the number of wires coming from the system unit.
Another important change was the shape of the keyboard keys A9M0330. The keys were supplemented by a small protrusion, which, on the idea of the engineers, had to conform to the finger pad of the user.
That 30 years was ordinary, now — top option. Marketing what to say.
In A9M0330 used classic design of keys, which has now become the expensive option of gaming keyboards. And she had power.
A bit strange located the block keys control the pointer. Keys “left”, “right”, “up” and “down” were installed in one row.
1987: Apple Keyboard M0116
Main problems: good old CapsLock, which sooner or later break down.
Perhaps the first classical name of Apple keyboard.
Model M0116 partially mirrors the design of its predecessor A9N0303, but Apple still decided to return to the normal classic view without keys improvised islets.
CapsLock still had a two position switch, so often started to act up.
1990: Apple Keyboard II M0487
Main problems: many with great difficulty agreed to change to keyboard membrannogo type. Mechanics — everything.
Although purely visual M0487 differed little from the published three years before her M0116, this keyboard got a lot of changes.
First, Apple made it possible to adjust the height of the keyboard hinged feet on the back side.
Second, this keyboard was the first in the history of Apple computers, where instead of the mechanical switches has been used membrane.
The turning point in the history of Apple took place with the release of the model M0487 1990.
Therefore, the user who last generation of keyboards, immediately experienced a new sensation.
The key travel is softer to work the keyboard is much quieter. And here’s the weird arrangement of the keys of the cursor remains the same.
1993: Apple Adjustable Keyboard M1242
Main problems: despite the reasonableness of ergonomics, there’s a lot of hate reviews for luftaxi the opening mechanism of the keyboard. And the few who did clamshell the manufacturer.
This keyboard had once made a certain revolution among typists and those who had regularly recruit hundreds of pages of text.
Highlight it is possible to adjust the angle between the two areas. Strange, but in this generation, Apple has decided to go back to the classic mechanical switch keys.
And in M1242 first appeared volume keys, and the CapsLock has led status indicator.
1994: The Apple Design Keyboard M2980
Main problems: the first time Apple has become boring.
One of the most severe of the keyboard that corresponds to “IBM standards”. I will remember this because this is the only keyboard with a key such as PrintScreen and Scroll Lock.
Almost everything she was saying PC keyboard at the time.
1998: Apple USB Keyboard M2452
Main problems: beautiful transparent black keys in a few weeks turn into a dust collector and prints. Aesthetics was lost very quickly.
It was the first Apple keyboard, which received the USB connector. She was presented with the revolutionary iMac, and have an appropriate futuristic design.
Keys were black and were made of transparent plastic, there was a numeric keypad. Escape moved to his usual position, cursor keys significantly thinner.
Remember this keyboard and that was the last keyboard with Power button. A nice addition has become built-in USB hub, which can be used for connecting peripherals.
2000: Apple Pro Keyboard M7803
To call this keyboard model M2352 on steroids. She significantly grew in size, received just nine extra keys and separate cursor control block.
A distinctive feature of the keyboard M7803 — the case of transparent plexiglass. The choice was available several versions of the keyboard: with black and white keys.
2003: Apple Keyboard A1048
Major problems: “lack of housing” was in fact annoyed many users.
From a mechanical point of view, the model A1048 were identical M7803. The changes affected the location of the USB ports — they moved to the rear side face.
The keyboard is interesting and what is done as it is fashionable to speak now, in the “frameless style”. The feeling that you are just the keys, no case.
2007: Apple Keyboard A1243
The main problem: the looseness of the center housing. For the minimum thickness had to pay.
The keyboard that came with the birth of the first Apple smartphone. This design keyboards for iMac, Mac Pro and Mac mini has not changed for more than 10 years.
Apple moved away from the Plexiglas, completely switching to aluminum. All for the sake of conformity developing its own line of laptops. The keys are completely flat, their progress was significantly reduced.
To give credit to the company and is for a much advanced set of keys.
Two years later comes a more compact version A1243 — A1243 model. Completely identical design and mechanics of the keys, but in a more compact form factor.
After another couple of years out wireless versions of keyboards.
2015: Apple Magic Keyboard A1843
Main problem: not too humane price and excessive compactness.
In 2015, Apple released another update of their keyboards. Magic Keyboard with model number A1843 gets a strict framework, typical of a raised body for easy dialing and a very unusual way to connect. Apple suggested to use the Lightning connector.
Unlike wireless predecessor have A1843 built-in battery. The mechanics of the keys remains the same, although Apple says that improved the well-established “scissors.” The keyboard is significantly smaller.
C the announcement of the iMac Pro Apple painted this model in a new color Space Gray.
A brief conclusion:
1. For the sake of design, Apple was forced to adjust the size of keys and the shape of their keyboards. From the monstrous devices that weighed more than a few MacBook, Apple switched to the elegant keyboards.
2. The Apple keyboards have always been certain disadvantages, and regardless of what type of mechanics they use.
3. Conducted a survey of States showed that almost 90% of users are not ready to work with mechanical keyboards of the mid-80s.
4. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Apple did not translate the next generation of desktop keyboards on the “butterfly”. Such keyboards are installed in all modern MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 2018.
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