Immediately the US Patent & Trademark Workplace printed a patent software from Apple that pertains to the design of a future MacBook that can embrace a retractable keyboard when the quilt is closed in an effort to make MacBooks even thinner.
Apple notes that points of the current invention relate to a future MacBook and its keyboard and key assemblies that may change the positioning of a few of their components relative to the MacBook’s housing in order to scale back its thickness.
One side of the invention pertains to a keyboard comprising a base layer, a keycap, a stabilizer coupled to the keycap and matched to the bottom layer, with the stabilizer being movable between a raised configuration and a lowered configuration, whereby the keycap is spaced farther away from the bottom layer when within the raised configuration relative to the lowered configuration, and a magnetic construction movable between a primary place relative to the bottom layer and a second place relative to the bottom layer.
The magnetic construction can draw the stabilizer from the raised configuration to the lowered configuration upon motion of the magnetic construction from the primary place to the second place.
The stabilizer can comprise a pivotable mechanism having a pivot level. The primary place of the magnetic construction could be situated on a primary aspect of the pivot level, and the second place of the magnetic construction could be situated on a second aspect of the pivot level, with the second aspect being reverse the pivot level relative to the primary aspect. Within the second place, the magnetic construction can draw a portion of the stabilizer towards the bottom layer, with the portion of the stabilizer being positioned reverse the pivot level relative to the bottom layer when the stabilizer is within the raised configuration.
The patent figures under illustrate the keyboard of a MacBook in a traditional place when opened and prepared for typing after which the MacBook in a closed place with the keyboard in a retracted place.
Apple’s patent software that was printed right now by the U.S. Patent Workplace was filed again in Q3 2019. Contemplating that this can be a patent software, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at the moment.