The release of the 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro represents the end of a keyboard design era.
From Dieter Bohn’s “Apple announces new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard” posted Monday on The Verge:
Sooner than most expected, Apple has announced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Magic Keyboard. It features optional Intel 10th-Gen processors and starts at $1,299. In one sense, it is a minor spec-bump upgrade for the existing lineup of 13-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. The 16-inch MacBook Pro was announced in November 2019, followed by a refreshed MacBook Air with Magic Keyboard this past March. 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 2015 MacBook (now-discontinued).
My take: Not Jony Ive’s finest moment.