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Written by Nick Heer.

The MacBook Keyboard Saga Has Gone on for Long Enough That It’s Being Referenced During an Oscars Question Period

Sam Byford, the Verge:

Speaking with journalists after winning his first Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, Jojo Rabbit and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi had other things on his mind. When asked what he thought writers should be demanding in the next round of discussions with producers, Waititi put Apple’s controversial laptop keyboards on blast.

“Apple needs to fix those keyboards,” he said. “They are impossible to write on — they’ve gotten worse. It makes me want to go back to PCs. Because PC keyboards, the bounce-back for your fingers is way better. Hands up who still uses a PC? You know what I’m talking about. It’s a way better keyboard. Those Apple keyboards are horrendous.”

Daniel Jalkut:

It’s only because Apple allowed the MacBook Pro keyboard problem to go on SO LONG that it could possibly have become a talking point in an Oscar awards interview. I hope some lessons have been learned.

Apple may now be shipping a laptop with a good keyboard, but its two most popular Macs — the MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro — still include the painful butterfly keyboard. People keep laptops for years, too. This is going to be a decade-long reputation problem.