Taika Waititi criticises Apple keyboards after winning Oscar

'They are impossible to write on,' says Jojo Rabbit director. 'They've gotten worse'

Andrew Griffin
Monday 10 February 2020 10:37
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Taika Waititi criticises Apple keyboards

Taika Waititi has criticised Apple's keyboards after winning an Oscar.

Asked during a press conference about what needed to be done for writers, he said that Apple should be pressured to improve its keyboards because they are "impossible to write on".

Though he did not give specifics, Waititi appeared to be referencing a long-running complaint that Apple's MacBook keyboards feel mushy to type on and are prone to breaking.

Waititi was speaking after winning his first ever Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, after writing Jojo Rabbit. In a press conference following the awards, he seemed partly concerned with the mechanics of how that screenplay had actually been written out.

A journalist asked Waititi what he thought writers should be asking for in upcoming talks with producers.

"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 bounceback for your fingers is way better," he continued.

"It's a way better keyboard. Those Apple keyboards are horrendous. As the laptops get newer and newer [...] the keyboards are worse!"

He went on to explain that he has repetitive strain injury, which he said affects the "tendon which goes down your forearm into the thumb". He also complained that users were forced to open their laptop and sit in uncomfortable positions.

Waititi didn't specify which Apple keyboard or computer he so disliked. While he did make a passing reference to the iMac, his focus appears also to have been on the MacBook, which has accrued some unwanted fame for the reliability and feel of its keys in recent years.

Late last year, Apple introduced a new keyboard with its new 16-inch MacBook Pro. At the time, Apple executive Phil Schiller told The Independent that engineers had redesigned the keys in line with feedback from users, and that changes in the design should prevent the problems reported with the previous versions.

Waititi did not indicate whether he had tried that new keyboard, which has not been rolled out to other laptops in Apple's line-up yet.

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