If Apple is really going to dump real keyboards, I will stop using their products.
Per the article, yes, Apple’s current keyboards have very little travel. As such, they have very poor tactile feedback and I find them unpleasant to use. I haven’t bought an Apple keyboard for a desktop machine in years, and if I’m using my laptop on a desk, I will plug it into a real (classic IBM Model M) keyboard using an adaptor.
If I’m traveling, I put up with the suckiness, because basically all laptop keyboards suck. The laptop form factor dictates the small travel that makes them suck.
But if Apple makes its laptops emulate the awfulness of a stupidphone, game over. The lack of real keys is one of the big reasons why I refuse to get a stupidphone.
And yes, “stupidphone” is a much more accurate term for the things, considering:
- Non-existent tactile feedback, as already mentioned,
- Very limited battery lifetime,
- Bulky, awkward size,
- Poorly-coded, software-based user interface that makes use as a phone more awkward than a traditional cell phone.