Your next MacBook Air may have a touchscreen, but not where you think [RUMOR]

This is a discussion on Your next MacBook Air may have a touchscreen, but not where you think [RUMOR] within the MacBook Air forums, part of the Macbook Forum category; A newly published patent application reveals that Apple is researching ways to improve user input on its MacBook laptops, by including a keyboard capable of ...

Results 1 to 1 of 1
  1. #1
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    25,446
    Member #
    1529
    Liked
    316 times

    Your next MacBook Air may have a touchscreen, but not where you think [RUMOR]



    A newly published patent application reveals that Apple is researching ways to improve user input on its MacBook laptops, by including a keyboard capable of offering more advanced keys ready to perform more than one task, AppleInsider reports. Individual keys on the keyboard would perform their normal tasks, but it would also include a touch-friendly display that might support additional gestures.

    Filed on October 30, 2012, and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on Thursday, the application describes “Multi-functional keyboard assemblies,” that could be found in future MacBook models. Interestingly, the patent includes an image showing a specific model, the compact MacBook Air laptop.

    “Multi-functional keystacks for electronic devices are disclosed. Multi-functional keystacks can improve the functionality of keyboard keys in a variety of ways,” the company wrote in the patent application. “For instance, besides being configured with an first independent input component for providing a specific first input to an electronic device when pressed by a user, a multi-functional keystack can include a second independent input component that can provide a second distinct input to the electronic device and/or an independent output component that can provide an independent visual feedback to the user.”

    The patent application describes “keystacks,” or regular keys that can contain electronic components including displays, sensors and switches. The keys would still have a switch-type mechanism that makes typing possible, but also a capacitive surface that would support various other gesture-based inputs, and which could show various images.

    Such a keyboard would further allow users to perform additional gestures in certain apps by using the a key’s trackpad-like features in supported apps. “As just one example, swiping from right to left across a series of keys (e.g., the L-K-J keys) may initiate a `turn 30 page forward` command to an eBook (e.g., iBooks made available by Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.) application running on the electronic device,” the patent reads.

    The keys could also contain mechanisms that would offer some sort of haptic feedback to the user including vibration or increased resistance.

    Keyboards containing keys with independent displays have already been produced by Art Lebedev.





    5-1-14

    Source

  2. Ads

    Posts
    Many

Remove Ads

Ads

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. New MacBook Airs likely launching tomorrow [RUMOR]
    By sparkyscott21 in forum Apple Rumors
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-29-2014, 08:49 AM
  2. Apple To Refresh MacBook Lineup In Time For WWDC [Rumor]
    By sparkyscott21 in forum Apple Rumors
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-09-2013, 04:14 PM
  3. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-19-2013, 12:57 PM
  4. Rumor: New MacBook Pro and MacBook Air Due In June 2013
    By sparkyscott21 in forum Apple Rumors
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-07-2013, 08:55 PM
  5. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-15-2012, 03:44 PM

Contact Us
Back to top