Apple wins a patent war that can entirely change how MacBooks work, all details here
Apple’s patent, which was filed three years ago and was recently awarded, highlights an ambitious design for the MacBook, which is now undergoing design modifications.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a crucial patent for the MacBook, which might influence future generations of the company’s coveted notebook. The patent depicts a MacBook with two displays, a virtual keyboard, and the ability to charge an iPhone wirelessly. Apple’s patent, which was filed three years ago and was recently awarded, highlights an ambitious design for the MacBook, which is now undergoing design modifications.
The patent, which was discovered by Patently Apple, largely details radical alterations. Take, for example, the virtual keyboard. With the next-generation MacBook Pro, Apple is rumoured to be deleting the Touch Bar, but a new patent suggests the company may be considering removing the complete physical keyboard. Instead, the MacBook will include a second display. Different keyboard layouts for typing will be available on the display, similar to how you type on your smartphone’s screen.
If Apple ever decides to incorporate such a method, it will not be the first. Asus already sells laptops with additional displays that can serve as a virtual keyboard or a touchscreen calculator. The patent demonstrates that the MacBook’s secondary display will serve as the foundation, and because it is a touchscreen, the possibilities are unlimited. Apple could create a virtual emoji panel, a game controller, or even a trackpad for this touchscreen. This MacBook’s virtual keyboard can be adjusted to suit the user’s preferences. Users may use the virtual keyboard and trackpad to perform motions like pinching to zoom and sliding to select.
Apple may have also planned to incorporate biometric solutions into this MacBook. According to the patent, the MacBook will support either Touch ID or Face ID, or a more advanced version of both Touch ID and Face ID. This sensor would be located on the MacBook’s left side. There will be a designated area for the iPhone on the left side, which will be able to sit on top of it and charge wirelessly. Apple is considering moving the iPhone even closer to the MacBook because all of the flagship iPhone models support wireless charging and are likely to do so in the future.
Because patents aren’t always a blueprint for a future product, there’s no guarantee that this futuristic MacBook will ever see the light of day. Tech corporations like Apple constantly file patents for revolutionary designs and technology, but they are rarely realised. Even if Apple decides to release a similar MacBook, it will take a long time. For the time being, Apple is said to be concentrating on the next-generation MacBook Pro, which will include the M1X processor, more ports, and a Mini-LED display.