Retiring of black 104/105 key Classics
Unicomp is essentially taking measures to extend the life of its Classic (aka, the Enhanced Keyboard) moulds. As they put it:
Whether or not you agree with the New Model M being a better-looking keyboard (I think it's gorgeous but YMMV), I think it is a wise decision on their part so that they can try to ensure the future of the classic and iconic beige Model Ms.As for the decisions concerning the Classic, we are basically trying to stretch the life of the of the Classic 104/105 top cover and bottom cover injection molding tool by moving black 104/105 Classic volume to the New Model M. Note the Pearl and Pebble Classic 104/105 is still available on the website. But the tooling for those covers is very worn and the texture shows it. Thus the price difference between the Classic and the New Model M. Also, we just spent the a lot or money on the new tooling for the New Model M and trying to move more customers to that product. Frankly, the New Model M is just a much better looking keyboard.
Update on the Mini M
The story is unfortunately the same as in August, although Unicomp has been transparent about the current issues with me and happy for me to share. Their current issue seems to be manpower - demand for their keyboards has increased during the last year (they reckon due to people setting up home offices due to various lockdowns), but due to COVID-19, they've had issues getting people into work and onto the production floor. Whatever people they have are usually tied into fulfilling orders. However, they seem to be optimistic they can find help for production soon.
My original Reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/modelm/comment ... _of_black/