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Interesting underlying design decisions…

If you press down and hold the “g” key on a 2014 MacBook Pro with the “good” keyboard – you get a single “g”. The keyboard programming is not set up to repeat characters. Each “g” is an individual press. There are keys set up to repeat – that was not one of them.

2017 MacBook Pro with slim keyboard – press “g” and hold – “ggggggggggg…”.

I only noticed this because I loathe the new keyboard, I have preserved a backup 2015 MacBook Pro to hold onto while Apple engineers itself into oblivion catering to customers who apparently want something very different from me. I’m a UNIX guy from way back. I love OSX because it is Linux/UNIX under the covers and a nice creamy workable UI on top. Each Apple laptop has more or less become better and more useable. Up to 2016.

One article I found about the new keyboard indicated that the key travel and key registration on the keyboard was different than the other, older 2015 keyboard.. When I tested the example given in the article on my 2017 MacBook Pro, I could detect a slight mismatch between the press of the “g” key and the response on the screen, but very slight, not dramatic and I felt not significant for my typing. I did see the key repeat and was not expecting that.

Every key repeats on the new keyboard. Every.. Single. Key. Press and hold any character and it repeats on the new keyboard.

Some keys can repeat on the original older keyboard, “a” and “z” for example, do repeat in the terminal window. They do not repeat in the WordPress editor – instead the extended key press shows up with alternate foreign characters – useful, that. Someone took a moment to think about how users interact with individual keys. An “aaaaaaaaaa” could be useful, maybe a “zzzzzzzz”… But never a “ggggggggg”… There was consideration and concern and conceptualization of use and care for the user who would interact. This is very different from making a single decision, and it seems on the new slimmer keyboard any attempt to recognize and provide for specific use of any key is gone – they all repeat. I think that attention to detail, now gone, is what will cause Apple products to be less than they were in the past.

On the new slim crap keyboard any key pressed in the terminal window or anywhere else I tested repeated. All the keys. That seems wrong. Lazy. Someone instead of making individual custom decisions regarding the use of each key blanketly determined ALL KEYS REPEAT. Period. Maybe that makes the programming simpler. But it neglects to take into account usability or make any attempt to engineer a better experience.

The first characters I had to type on the new 2017 slim crap keyboard were for a complicated password to my company account – and it took three tries. Remember you can’t go back to correct a particular letter if it mistypes, and a password blank is perhaps one of the best tests of keyboard accuracy. I read people who like these keyboards – I don’t get it. But maybe it’s not just the underlying keyboard that’s the complete issue but a measure of how many possibilities there are in designing something like this – keys repeat, or they do not, extended press opens optional characters, or not. Make enough lazy appearance rather than function based determinations and you have Apple, today. Keys have travel enough to cushion and protect the pads of fingers or they do not.

— spence

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