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Tech Giant Apple Gets Regulatory Nod for MacBook with Magic Keyboard

According to Macrumors, butterfly keys use a butterfly mechanism that's different from the scissor mechanism used for traditional keyboards

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The new MacBook Pro would cost roughly the same as the outgoing model. Pixabay

Apple has received regulatory approval for its next MacBook laptop, possibly a 13-inch device, with redesigned Magic Keyboard and scissor switches.

The Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has approved a “portable personal computer” from Apple in a filing, 9to5Mac reported on Monday.

The new laptop will have the scissor-switch keyboard like Apple’s new 16-inch MacBook Pro, as all other MacBook devices sport butterfly keys.

The unreleased product that stands out is model A2289 and Apple detailed that it is a “portable personal computer” running macOS 10.15.

“It’s not certain that model A2289 will be a 13-inch MacBook Pro but an Apple notebook with the new Magic Keyboard would make sense as would the 13-inch Pro (or its successor) being released following the 16-inch debut,” said the report.

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A guest looks at the Touch Bar on a MacBook computer shown in a demo room following the announcement of new products at Apple headquarters, in Cupertino, California. VOA

Apple introduced butterfly keyboards for its MacBook and MacBook Pro from 2015 onwards, with home switches beneath each key that minimize thickness.

However, the butterfly keyboards are considered one of “the company’s worst design decisions due to their penchant for failure due to small particulates like crumbs or heat issues”.

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According to Macrumors, butterfly keys use a butterfly mechanism that’s different from the scissor mechanism used for traditional keyboards.

“It’s called a butterfly mechanism because the components underneath the key resembles a butterfly’s wings, with a hinge in the centre rather than overlapping like a pair of scissors.” (IANS)

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Low-Cost iPhone to Get into Mass Production in February: Apple

The low cost successor to iPhone SE is getting into mass production next month

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The low cost successor to iPhone SE is getting into mass production next month and Apple could release it in March. Pixabay

There is a latest development in science and technology that the low cost successor to iPhone SE is getting into mass production next month and Apple could release it in March.

Apple is reportedly ready to return to the low-cost phone market after an absence of four years, CNET reported on Tuesday.

The handset — believed to be comparable in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 from 2017 — would be Apple’s first low-cost smartphone since 2016’s $399 iPhone SE.

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Apple is reportedly ready to return to the low-cost phone market after an absence of four years, CNET reported on Tuesday. Pixabay

It is pertinent to note that the iPhone SE was one of company’s most successful mobile devices in the past half-decade because of a combination of reasons.

Price was a factor but it also offered long-time iPhone fans a reprieve from all the design changes that Apple was doing.

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Planning for the new handset was reported in September by Japanese news outlet Nikkei Asian Review.

The phone will share most components with the current line up of iPhones and use a cheaper LCD display to keep the cost low, according to the Japanese paper, the CNET report added. (IANS)