Originally Posted by Galbi
Chicklet or "island style" keyboards was invented by Sony.Later, copied by Apple.
Finally, further distorted by its fans.
Hard to swallow but it is true.
Sony started using a similar keyboard on its high end Vaios in 2004-2005, but those models weren't selling in quantity. Also, most of its product line was still using conventional keyboards.
Apple had been using super thin keyboards since at least the 2001 Titanium PowerBook, and many PC types were complaining that they had "too little travel."
In 2006 Apple introduced the new Intel MacBook with a low profile keyboard that separated the keys ("Island style") with a margin around them, something that left it looking new and distinctive (in part because nobody had seen the Sony keyboards, which were looked different than those used on the MacBook).
It's therefore not surprising that people call this a "MacBook keyboard." It's also not too surprising that PCs use components that Apple popularized. But the point is that Apple created the entire look of notebooks, from palm rests and a mouse/trackpad in front of them in the early 90s PowerBooks to the low profile keyboard of the TiBook in 2001 to the Island keyboard of the MacBook in 2006 to the Unibody aluminum design of MacBook Air in 2008 (as well as backlight keyboards, black/metal looks, and so on).
It's obvious that Ultrabooks are trying to copy Apple's notebooks that are selling. What's interesting is that PC users have generally complained about everything Apple does until a PC version comes out, when they then adopt it. That's silly. I don't hear Mac users complaining about PC features that Macs don't have. They just complain that Apple hasn't added it yet.
As for Wikipedia, there is zero correlation between "chicklet" keyboards of the early 80s and the (Sony built?) Island style key spacing of modern, mechanical keyboards. Why some idiot put them in the same story is an example of why Wikipedia is a poor source of information. It is really only useful as a compendium of information taken from actual, cited sources.