3/06/2018

New Patent Hints That Apple Could Get Rid of Physical Keyboards Entirely



If you’re a holdout who refuses to upgrade to a post-2015 MacBook because of Apple’s revamped keyboard and its shallow butterfly switches, it seems like your prospects for a better experience in the future just got a little bleaker.

A patent filing recently granted to Apple details something involving “dual display equipment with enhanced visibility and suppressed reflections.” While that might not sound like much, a closer look shows that this patent is really a schematic for a dual-screen device featuring a touchscreen keyboard instead of traditional physical keys.

The patent goes on to discuss to problems of light emitted from one screen bouncing off the second, which Apple looks to solve by adding polarizing layers to both displays. However, it seems that Apple hasn’t decided if such a setup would use LCD or OLED screen tech yet, as both are mentioned in the filing....more