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In Photos: Patent Hints Apple May Be Rethinking Keyboards for Its MacBook Laptops

Tech | News18.com | December 24, 2020, 5:01 pm
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 Cupertino-based giant Apple has an image of bringing new and revolutionary technologies to the fore. More often than not, Apple has introduced new ways in which certain gadgets can be used. Now, it is being reported that the company may be looking into rethinking the keyboard for its MacBook laptops. According to a recently-found Apple patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the company may be working a touch input surface that will replace the regular keyboard, and may even have the ability to attach an external keyboard magnetically. (Image Credit: USPTO)
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Cupertino-based giant Apple has an image of bringing new and revolutionary technologies to the fore. More often than not, Apple has introduced new ways in which certain gadgets can be used. Now, it is being reported that the company may be looking into rethinking the keyboard for its MacBook laptops. According to a recently-found Apple patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the company may be working a touch input surface that will replace the regular keyboard, and may even have the ability to attach an external keyboard magnetically. (Image Credit: USPTO)

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 Known as the 'Device having integrated interface system' on the USPTO listing, the patent hints that the keyboard could actually be replaced with the
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Known as the 'Device having integrated interface system' on the USPTO listing, the patent hints that the keyboard could actually be replaced with the "integrated interface system," which could be made from glass, plastic, or ceramic. This would allow for multipurpose functionality, as the touch surface could either be a keybard or a different input system like a "button array" or a "rotatable dial." (Image Credit: USPTO)

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 Further, it says that a physical keyboard could be connected magnetically with the panel, but even then swiping across the keys will registed movement on the display without pressing individual keys - basically turning the whole base portion of the laptop into a touch surface or a trackpad. (Image Credit: USPTO)
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Further, it says that a physical keyboard could be connected magnetically with the panel, but even then swiping across the keys will registed movement on the display without pressing individual keys - basically turning the whole base portion of the laptop into a touch surface or a trackpad. (Image Credit: USPTO)

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 Apart from that, the patent also shows how a wireless charger could also be fitted into the future MacBook laptop. This would allow for charging users' other devices like the iPhone or the Apple Watch.  (Image Credit: USPTO)
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Apart from that, the patent also shows how a wireless charger could also be fitted into the future MacBook laptop. This would allow for charging users' other devices like the iPhone or the Apple Watch. (Image Credit: USPTO)

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 There is also a presence of a fingerprint sensor and biometric sensors for detecing the user's palm and finger separately. Further, it also says that peripheral inputs like joysticks can also be attached to the panel magnetically.  (Image Credit: USPTO)
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There is also a presence of a fingerprint sensor and biometric sensors for detecing the user's palm and finger separately. Further, it also says that peripheral inputs like joysticks can also be attached to the panel magnetically. (Image Credit: USPTO)

  • First Published: December 24, 2020, 5:00 pm

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