Last week, it was reported that Apple could soon release a 13-inch MacBook Pro with scissor keyboard and now, DigiTimes is claiming that Apple may release an updated Smart Keyboard with a scissor switch design alongside its next-generation iPad and iPad Pro models in 2020 (via MacRumors).
A paywalled preview of the report vaguely claims that “Apple’s next-generation iPad series reportedly will feature a scissor switch keyboard,” which is presumably referring to an accessory rather than a built-in hardware keyboard. The full report should be released tomorrow with more details.
However, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously claimed in a research note that Apple would stick to a rubber dome design for its iPad keyboards rather than scissor switches in 2020-21. With the Taiwanese publication’s hit and miss record, this further adds uncertainty to the report.
Given how well received the scissor switch keyboard is on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, it would make sense for Apple to bring the new design to the Smart Keyboard lineup for this year’s new iPad and iPad Pro models.