Is Apple working on a MacBook with an invisible keyboard?
Apple’s MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops are already thin and seriously slick pieces of kit. But imagine if they had an invisible trackpad, one that completely merged into the surface. Or even an invisible keyboard that only lit up when needed? It could be happening.
As AppleInsider spotted, Apple has been granted a patent on an interesting new bit of tech in the US this week: “microperforation illumination”. The idea is surprisingly simple: tiny little holes in a surface which let light through, but aren’t visible except from up close.
It’s a little bit like the glowing charger lights on the side of existing MacBooks, which glow to show how much battery is left, but much more sophisticated. Apple’s patent outlines how the intensity of light can vary, and even how it could be used with touch sensitive controls.
It’s this last one that’s got us really excited: this could lead to a MacBook with a trackpad that forms a smooth part of the case, and that glows gently to reveal its area. Or why not a whole invisible keyboard? It’s not hard to imagine Apple using something like this for the home button on future iPhones and iPads either.
Of course, Apple patenting a technology doesn’t mean it ever will, but it’s an exciting idea nonetheless. Let us know what you make of it in the comments below.