The last thing Apple would expect to happen at the Oscars is someone criticizing its tech. But that’s what happened during the high-profile event, where the award-winning writer Taika Waititi slammed the company for making horrible keyboards.
After the award ceremony, he was questioned by the press about the things writers should be discussing with producers in the next round of talks.
To which Waititi replied: “Apple needs to fix those keyboards. They are impossible to write on. They’ve gotten worse. It makes me want to go back to PCs.”
It seems as if the Thor: Ragnarok fame director came prepared with a tongue-in-cheek response, just waiting for someone to ask.
However, Waititi is only one of the many people who have hated Apple for making bad keyboards. Probably one of the worst design failures for the company, the butterfly keyboards have found a home in various MacBooks in over five years of existence.
Taika Waititi jokes about what writers should be asking for in the next round of talks with producers: “Apple needs to fix those keyboards. They are impossible to write on. They’ve gotten worse. It makes me want to go back to PCs” #Oscars pic.twitter.com/vlFTSjCfZm
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It was last year when Apple fixed the long-standing keyboard issues with the release of MacBook Pro 16, attempting to end the controversy. Apple also released an updated butterfly keyboard for MBP 13 in 2019.
The new MBP 16 features a redesigned keyboard based on the scissor-switch mechanism and supposedly tackles many problems present in the butterfly design. It’s yet to be known whether Waititi has got his hands on the MBP 16 or not.
Waititi went on to add that he has shoulder problems and has OOS (Occupational Overuse Syndrome), which is a term used to describe RSI in New Zealand. He used hand gestures to describe the uncomfortable position of his hands while using the keyboard.
However, an important thing to note is that the writer mentioned iMac. But the controversial butterfly keyboard is only limited to the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro line of Apple computers.
So, one possible takeaway is that he isn’t pinpointing the butterfly keyboards. The compactness of the Apple keyboards could have ruined Waititi’s experience, considering his medical problem.
He said that he wants to switch back to PCs “because the bounce back [feedback] for your fingers is way better.”
“WGA needs to step in and needs to do something,” he added.
Anyway, Apple has already sorted out the problem for its flagship MacBook. Hopefully, the company is listening to Waititi’s comments and might soon eliminate the butterfly design from the entire MacBook lineup.