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Apple patents MacBook with a keyboard screen


In order to launch a new model in series production, you first need to patent the device, so the patent agencies are often good sources of information about emerging devices. Recently, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) approved a patent application from Apple for the production of a completely new MacBook.

As the application goes, the hypothetical future device will have, in addition to the main screen, a touch panel instead of a keyboard. To be precise, the statement reads as follows: "Two-screen equipment with improved visibility and suppression of reflections."

In addition to the obvious function of the keyboard and the replacement of the trackpad, the new device can also be used as a graphic drawing board (something like the product known in the circles of designers of Wacom, even, perhaps, with support for Apple Pencil). In addition, it can be assumed that the "upper" screen can be disconnected, using both displays separately from each other. In this case, Apple's tablet, for example iPad Pro, can play the role of the primary or auxiliary display.

It should also be noted that in the spring of last year, Apple had already patented such a development, but then the patented docking station that turns an iPad into a MacBook when connected to it was patented. Moreover, some rumors say that Apple also has a patent for the development of the device, in which the iPhone is used as a touchpad.

Of course, all these flirting with uniting devices among themselves look extremely entertaining, but do we really need it? In spite of all the advantages of hybrid devices, individually they always lose to full-featured devices in terms of available functions.

source: gizmodo.com

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