New Apple patent hints at future dual-screen MacBook and glass keyboard

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Apple did add the TouchBar to their MacBook lineup a few years back and it has had a mixed reaction.

The news of the day seems to be revolving around display technologies and a new Apple patent hints at the company’s own ideas concerning displays. Inverse is reporting that a new Apple patent seems to point to a MacBook with dual-screens and, get this, a glass keyboard.

The Apple patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and could mean Apple is finally considering a touchscreen device, that’s not a mobile device. Apple has fought against touchscreens on their computer line, even though PC’s have embraced the technology for years now. But Apple has never been one to jump on the bandwagon until late anyway.

Apple did add the TouchBar to their MacBook lineup a few years back and it has had a mixed reaction. But now the company could finally be embracing the touch interface even further.

The company’s patent notes that touchscreens “may be flat and featureless, and may thus occupy less space than a mechanical keyboard but may require users to identify the location of the keys by sight rather than by feel.”

It’s not the first time Apple has patented such an idea. In February 2018, the USPTO published two patents that would replace the keyboard with a giant touchscreen. Apple also designed a touchscreen that would use a combination of pressure sensors and haptic feedback to make it “feel” more like a keyboard.

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Of course, a patent doesn’t mean a product and this could very well become nothing. But it is interesting to see Apple thinking ahead and at least considering some new ideas for new products. Now, if they would only invest the billions of dollars they have into innovating again, instead of pushing out incremental updates. One can hope.

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Source: Inverse

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