Apple’s MacBooks may gain advantage from a contemporary keyboard innovation within the type of glass keycaps, a minimum of going by a patent which has simply popped up on-line.
Wccftech noticed the patent for clear keycaps filed on the US Patent & Trademark Office, during which Apple places ahead the concept of keys which might be original from glass for higher sturdiness, and certainly a extra premium look.
The patent describes a design whereby the physique of the hot button is made from a glass materials, with a light-blocking materials on the underside floor of the clear key, into which the form of the important thing character may be reduce (and a ‘provider physique’ encompass to help each the glass materials and backside floor).
So in different phrases, fairly than being printed on high of the keycap, the character is on the backside of the physique, the place it might probably’t be worn away by repeated typing.
The backlight shall be beneath, lighting up the character on the underside floor, and the patent additionally mentions the potential for totally different shade backlights, and even RGB LEDs which can be utilized to alter the colour and brightness of the character on the important thing.
The general thought, then, is for a sensible and classy look of the keys, with the potential for utilizing both glass for the clear materials, or Apple additionally mentions clear polymers, or clear ceramics (like sapphire).
Regardless of the exact materials employed, the concept is that not solely will they appear good, however that the fabric used for these keys shall be “sturdy and troublesome to blemish or scratch, even when subjected to thousands and thousands of use cycles”.
Keycaps like this may even have excessive rigidity whereas being skinny, so this innovation might doubtlessly result in thinner-still MacBooks.
Getting more durable
Little doubt all laptop computer producers are consistently searching for methods to enhance the toughness and sturdiness of their merchandise, nevertheless it may simply be the case that Apple is on a giant push for robustness on condition that we lately noticed one other patent for a plastic and metal chassis for future MacBooks.
That design might result in a stronger MacBook all-round, and likewise one with a extra strong stage of water-resistance, which definitely wouldn’t harm both.
One other latest Apple patent additionally detailed an idea for a retractable keyboard that lowers into the base of the laptop’s body when the machine is closed.
As ever, although, simply because Apple has patented a specific expertise doesn’t imply that it’s going to ever be utilized in the actual world. Like all huge tech corporations, Apple researches a whole lot of concepts and performs round with a bunch of prototypes, and solely a comparatively small share of them make the reduce to seem in a completed product.