A new patent filed by Apple suggests the company is looking to integrate trackpad-style functionality into its keyboards. This, combined with previous patents about using a touchscreen as a MacBook keyboard, is starting to make it look like Apple is looking to blur the lines between screen, keyboard and trackpad.
Essentially you’ll either be able to type or your keyboard like a traditional keyboard, or swipe your fingers along its surface as you would a trackpad. Either the functionality could be used alongside a traditional trackpad or — if it’s good enough — it could end up replacing the trackpad entirely.
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The patent suggests Apple is looking to combine elements of the MacBook’s main two input devices, but alongside other recently discovered patents, a very interesting picture starts to emerge of where Apple sees notebook design heading.
We’re referring here to a recent Apple patent for a MacBook equipped with a touchscreen keyboard that would essentially turn the notebook into a dual-screen device.
Already Apple is integrating small touchscreen displays into its latest MacBooks with the Touchbar, but this patent suggests its looking to take this idea much further.
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