It’s time for you to practice typing long essays or emails on your iPad touchscreen as soon you may have to do the same on your Macbook laptop. The era of the physical keyboard on Macbooks is coming to an end thanks to the latest patent from Apple that reveals a new type of Macbook where the existing keyboard is replaced by a giant touchscreen.
Dubbed ‘Zero Travel’, this patent describes “force-sensitive input structure for an electronic device.” it also describes the touchpad to be customizable and programmable to include a keyboard and trackpad.
The concept is defined as an imperceptible movement in the input component. No keys that move on the surface will be there. The surface is pressure sensitive means it could identify you using haptic feedback.
The customizability comes as a great advantage to this new input method. For instance, when you open a spreadsheet, a numeric keyboard could appear and it could also disappear when you enter a text data. The size of the trackpad could be customized while you’re editing a photo. Also, the surface would adjust to any kind of software.
The touchpad also comes with “micro-perforations” or tiny holes that could light up to mark out where the keys are appearing. This would be similar to Apple’s backlit keys previously included on Macbook.
It’s still a patent and not sure if Apple decides to make this keyboard a reality remains to be seen. However, not all the patents are turned into real products and it usually takes years for them to hit shelves.