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Latest Patent Filings Show Apple Incorporating Virtual Keyboard In MacBook
By Izza Sofia, 08 Aug 2018
Apple is reportedly working on new user interfaces that will not be highly dependent on moving mechanical parts.
According to CNET, the company has filed three patents, all of which are related to keyboard design.
One of its patent applications shows a laptop with a digital panel where a usual keyboard would normally sit. This could mean that Apple is working to replace the traditional keyboard with something similar to the Touch Bar—a technology Apple debuted on the 2016 MacBook Pro that carries virtual, customizable buttons.
The patent also includes additional information such as sensors and haptics placed under the envisioned digital panel. This technology allows the laptop to detect and respond to its user’s keystrokes, taps, and clicks.
The second patent shows another form of the Touch Bar, where the digital paneling surrounds the keyboard instead of replacing it. This will add touch sensitivity to the regions below, as well as on the right and left of the keyboard.
The third patent shows the keyboard being sealed under a membrane, which has been designed to protect it from substances such as water and dust.
Apple’s MacBook Pros previously received a lawsuit due to its faulty “butterfly keyboard design” where the mechanism often got stuck.
[via CNET, opening image via Apple]
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