Apple wins a patent revealing a possible future MacBook with touch-sensitive keys, a reconfigurable interface, a built-in iPhone Charger+

Today, the US Patent and Trademark Office officially granted Apple a patent covering future MacBooks with a transparent finger detection system placed over the keys, allowing users to quickly draw straight or curved lines, draw a circle or frame directly in a report. add without needing to do that using a graphics app. The granted patent also illustrates other key potential future MacBook features, such as an iPhone wireless charger mounted directly into the palm rest, as shown in our cover image. Apple also plans to add palm print biometrics to the palm rest.

To the extreme, Apple’s patent FIG. 32A below shows a MacBook with an integrated finger detection system; FIG. 48A/B/C/E show examples of a user applying their fingers to a MacBook in various ways to create a fast line or a curved line or draw a frame, and so on.

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In Apple’s patent FIG. 48F below, we can see Apple’s engineers imagine that a user can apply different interface scenarios to a MacBook with two displays.

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Apple’s patent FIG. 49A above illustrates a MacBook with an iPhone charger built into the palm rest. The patent figure also illustrates that Apple may add future biometrics to the palm.

More specifically, the biometric sensors #4912a can be configured to detect biometric information about the user through the top case. For example, the biometric sensors can detect palm or wrist prints, detect a user’s heart rate, blood oxygen level, temperature and the like. In the age of COVID-19-like illnesses, it can be valuable to quickly take your temperature while you are at school or at work.

This is Apple’s second granted patent for this invention, with 20 new patent claims added. Apple adds focus and protection for a MacBook base section that includes: “a wireless energy transfer system configured to couple inductively with the portable electronic device” [like an iPhone] to receive power from the portable electronic device through the top planar surface of the base portion and to transmit power to the portable electronic device through the top planar surface of the base portion.”

The patent 11,366,523 granted by Apple is very detailed. To review the entire patent along with the 19 other new patent claims, Click here

Apple has at least two other related patents on this concept that we covered in 2017 and 2018† The 2017 patent was more focused on a dual iPad concept.

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