If you are a fan of video games, the most normal thing is that you have a mechanical keyboard. Currently, this type of keyboard is quite common for video games and in other segments, such as office automation. However, Apple keep betting on scissor keyboards and always without jumping mechanical switchesbecause?
You may be very familiar with the Cherry MX mechanical switches, which are found on many gaming keyboards. There are many alternatives, there is the Chinese version Outemu, Razer has theirs, Logitech too and there are many other manufacturers that offer such switches for keyboards. So where does Apple’s insistence come from?
Apple doesn’t want mechanical keyboards
One of the characteristics of the Cupertino company is that it usually does thethings your way.
For Apple, continuing to insist on scissor-type keyboards doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, on the face of it. The truth is that the mechanical switches for keyboard they have A few downsides. It would be :
- The mechanism of mechanical switches is upper than scissor systems, which would make laptops thicker
- The mechanical switches on the keyboard are very strong, while scissors are very quiet
- Are more easy to replace
But, in addition, Apple has spent years looking for a way to Replace all laptop buttons or keys. An example of this is the Touch Bar, a major disaster that is no longer implemented. All function keys have been removed for a customizable elongated touchscreen.
It is understandable that on laptops they want scissor push buttons to be many more compact. But the company independently sells its own keyboards for its desktop computers. The truth is that they could continue making their current compact keyboards and offer more variety with a mechanical keyboard, no one is stopping them.
No repair, no standardization
Although the company does not officially acknowledge it, what they seek is to make products as atypical as possible. A clear example is the design of their own processors, for make repair difficult by unauthorized companies. The possibility of creating a Hackintosh, a computer with commercial parts on which a version of the MacOS operating system is installed, is also eliminated or reduced.
Use cherry mechanical switches, for example, it would assume that anyone can fix it. You can buy the switches from Amazon or AliExpress and repair them at home. It’s also possible that if they design their own switches, reverse engineer them, they will be copied in other parts of the world. And what Apple does not want is that its systems are repaired by third parties or by the user himself.
Just see that Android smartphones have standardized their charging port with USB-C. This allows you to use any charger from any terminal or you can buy an unofficial one from stores. Apple uses its own system which, according to the brand, is “better”. So much so that the EU had to draw up a rule to prevent Apple from continuing to sell terminals with its charger.