Apple and patents are virtually associated actually, and the business has simply patented a brand-new type of keyboard design, one which requires touch sensitivity coupled with the standard mechanical keystrokes.
Apple had apparently submitted for the design of this brand-new “Combination keyboard” back in 2011, but today the U.S. Patent and Hallmark Office has actually simply released the patent application detailing the idea and verifying that Apple now enjoys all rights over such a design. The touch-sensitive interface has been layered over each individual key as can be seen from the diagrams supplied by Apple, though the keys do retain their mechanical function as well.
Through this, this new keyboard will have the ability to identify the conventional swipe and zoom inputs that are special to the MacBooks’ trackpads in the meantime.
With the Fusion keyboard, such functions can now be spread out throughout all the touch-sensitive keys and whether the keyboard will certainly make it on to the MacBook lineup or be implanted as an external device for an iMac or Mac mini, stays to be seen, though it wouldn’t be a surprise if both external and integrated designs hit the market.
Such a feature could introduce multi-touch input also per se, however it’s too soon to tell given that we have no idea how Apple strategies on executing this innovation, but it does about sound near the Force Touch tech we’ve been hearing a lot about from numerous sources, provided how the keys react in a different way under 2 levels of pressure.
The new 12-inch Retina MacBook currently sports a more recent kind of keyboard, one that utilizes a brand-new and lighter butterfly mechanism, which of course, assists with the sleeker and more flushed overall design on the machine.
When it comes to exactly what this brand-new patent describes, this might either be pushed out to the higher-end workhorse of a MacBook Pro and the iMac designs, or it may well be that Apple is looking at a completely new upgrade down the road to its accessories. There’s also a good possibility that as has actually been with many Apple patents in the past, this one gets swept under the rug for a long time too.