New MacBook Pro 13-inch with better keyboard could arrive soon

Apple is bringing the new and much improved keyboard featured in the MacBook Pro 16-inch to another version of its pro-targeted laptops this year – at least going by an EEC filing.

As 9 to 5 Mac spotted, Apple has filed a number of fresh products with the EEC (Eurasian Economic Commission) – which typically happens not long before new hardware is released – and one of those is ‘model A2289’, which is specified as a portable personal computer with macOS Catalina.

The theory is, then, that this could be a new MacBook Pro 13-inch for 2020 which might carry the revamped keyboard that Apple introduced with the MacBook Pro 16-inch.

This is the keyboard which drops the Butterfly switches, which were infamously the cause of many problems, and brings in Scissor switches (as seen in Apple’s Magic Keyboard). Indeed, in our review of the MacBook Pro 16-inch, we noted that it has the “best keyboard we’ve used on a MacBook”, no less.

Naturally, none of this should be taken as read, and we always have to be careful around rumors.

That said, it makes sense that Apple would want to introduce the new keyboard to other MacBook Pro models. Furthermore, this also lines up with previous speculation from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – a reliable source for Apple rumors who predicted the new keyboard appearing in the 16-inch model – who insisted that Apple will bring the Scissor switch keyboard to a new MacBook in 2020, with that machine possibly being unveiled at WWDC in June.

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