Apple keyboard design and tech failure

By: Maynard Handley (name99.delete@this.name99.org), May 2, 2019 12:21 pm
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This is pretty interesting:

https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/bjtyaw/macbook_pro_keyboard_failures_why_apples_dust/

At the macro level this feels like Intel 10nm. I don't have much patience with theories in either case that feed into the author's monomania (like "Jony Ive would rather ship computers that are thin than computers that work").
What it feels like in both cases is that engineers feel trapped in a local optimum -- they can't figure out how to make just small tweaks to improve things, but making huge changes (essentially starting from scratch) is ruled out by perhaps practicality and time, perhaps by management?

More generally still, which is why I'm posting this, I wonder if there's a tech capitalism failure mode here that we will see more often going forward -- as companies are burned by some disclosure or other, and become managed by people more from the finance side of the world (certainly not trained in science/engineering and the ethos of open publishing) they become ever more secretive, both internally and externally.
So that problems that were solved in the past by some combination of pieces from fifty people -- assembled in various minds from papers they read, blog and news posts, talking to other people, etc --- become restricted to a pool of 10 people, all of whom know the exact same thing and are forbidden to communicate with anyone else in any way...
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