I’ve Typed 22 Million Keystrokes on Apple’s Horrid Butterfly Keyboard
It is, without doubt, the worst keyboard in history.
I should know — for four years, I’ve been suffering through using it.
In fact, I can tell you precisely how many times I’ve touched this benighted, ghastly piece of industrial un-design.
That’s because the other day I wrote a quick Python keylogger script to record my keyboard activity for a few days.
What did I discover? That I type, on average, about 26,284 keystrokes a day. And I use this laptop keyboard about 50% of the time I’m working.
So in the four and a half years I’ve used this Macbook Pro, I’ve typed 22.3 million keystrokes.
Every single one of them was miserable.
Every. Single. One.
If I receive a $125 payout for having bought one of these pieces of garbage, Apple will have compensated me 0.00027 of a cent per keystroke.
I’ll take it.
In many respects, I have only myself to blame. By the time I bought my Macbook Pro in the fall of 2017, stories of the “butterfly keyboard” — and its Lovecraftian ergonomics — were already legion.
In case you don’t know the grim details, the gist of it is: In the 2010s, Apple designers had a wild-eyed obsession with making their laptops skinnier and skinnier. But the keyboard switches (the little things inside each key that click shut to register a keypress) were limiting how thin Apple could go. So they adopted a new style of switch: A“butterfly” design that was 40% thinner than the previous keyswitches. Presto: They shaved crucial fractions of a millimeter off the whole machine.
The problem, as was quickly revealed when actual paying customers got their hands on these insufferable…