Apple is checking out the possibility of integrating a totally functioning Mac within just a keyboard, reminiscent of dwelling computer systems of the 80s, these as the Commodore 64 and Sinclair ZX Spectrum.
The thought was uncovered by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office environment in a new Apple patent software termed “Laptop in an enter gadget,” which describes a thicker Magic Keyboard-style chassis with “all the components of a substantial overall performance personal computer” integrated under the hood.
The patent describes the premise for this sort of a gadget, which could be plugged into a individual external show by using a one I/O port intended to receive each info and ability, and wirelessly paired with a trackpad or mouse for extra enter.
Whilst moveable computing devices, these as laptops and tablets, can be docked at an workplace or house-business station that contains a secondary show to give a computing expertise that is identical to a desktop computing experience, these products still require an supplemental established of enter equipment to imitate a desktop computing product. Even further, the key screen of units such as laptops and tablets frequently could not be utilized when the product is docked to a station that features a secondary screen, adding perhaps unnecessary dimensions and price tag to these portable computing units.
The computing devices described herein can integrate or otherwise household just one or extra computing parts in just an input product to deliver a portable desktop computing encounter at any locale owning one particular or a lot more pc monitors. For case in point, a user can transport a keyboard that homes a computer, as opposed to carrying an total notebook or a tower and keyboard. As some variety of an enter product is generally required for interacting or interfacing with a computing device, such as computing elements within just the housing or enclosure of an input device can eliminate the want for redundant sets of enter equipment and reduces the amount of parts that need to be transported by the user. Even more the enter machine can get rid of extra components these kinds of as shows, that are not essential when applied with a standalone personal computer keep track of, thereby reducing prices and dimension.
By including the computing parts in the keyboard, Apple suggests this could enable a consumer to have a solitary machine that can deliver a desktop computing practical experience at any spot acquiring a single or a lot more external shows.
In some embodiments, the device involves a trackpad “coupled” to the enclosure, even though in other individuals the device is foldable and the keyboard region consists of an “accent display screen” exhibiting graphics, or the keyboard by itself is almost displayed from a projector contained inside the enclosure.
The relaxation of the patent explores in detail various configurations of inner laptop elements in just the space afforded by the keyboard chassis.
Apple has filed patents for keyboards in the past, which includes one that uses a touchscreen panel similar to the Touch Bar that extends to the total keyboard structure, but this is the first patent to suggest actually incorporating a pc into the keyboard itself.
As with any filed patent, the technological know-how is not likely to appear in any item soon, if at all, but it does provide an fascinating appear at how Apple is thinking of Mac designs that could finally substitute or be provided alongside the Mac mini, which permits consumers to bring their possess exhibit, keyboard, and mouse.
(By using Patently Apple.)