Apple may be working on keyboards as its next trick for their MacBooksIt dynamically changes the appearance and function of its keys depending on the context. Key A can transform into key 9 for example.
This is from a patent that I spotted Obviously apples(Opens in new tab) (Across 9to5Mac(Opens in new tab)A keyboard with a flexible backlight that can display any symbol on any key is described in (). Keys with “luminous glyphs” that can be selectively visible or hidden to the naked eye.
Apple keyboards come pre-printed, fixed stickers that can’t easily be changed. Some keys, such the media playback keys and media playback keys, may have more than one use. They have multiple labels to make it easy to identify what they do.
The patent describes switches with a matrix made up of individual pixels that can turn on and off depending on the situation. This is essentially what the patent claims. Apple’s devices have finely tuned OLED and micro-LED components that can be used to create these switches.
The end result will be “changeable or modifiable avatars between different shapes, characters, colors, symbols, animations, languages and other features” – so the keyboard can be used to type, then toggled to offer shortcut controls for video editing, for example.
As is always the case with patent applications, this doesn’t indicate that we’re anywhere near a finished product, or that it will eventually be manufactured — but it does show what Apple is exploring in terms of future hardware innovations.
Analyse: A more flexible keyboard
It appears that Apple wants to alter the technology of its MacBooks. This was just a few days ago. Plan a laptopIt is composed of a single 20-inch foldable display screen with a keyboard on one and a traditional “screen on the other.
Although it’s not very exciting, this patent application makes a lot more sense. Imagine keys that could change quickly to perform different functions based on what was happening in macOS.
It will allow you to write in different languages, which is a huge benefit. Scientists and mathematicians could also benefit by having access to a specific set of functions at particular times. If those keys are not needed, the layout can be rearranged with a simple push of a single button.
All of this will come at a cost, so there might be higher prices on Apple laptops. Although it may initially be an optional feature, it will likely become a reality over time.
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