- 3 days ago 12:29
- Julien Russo
Apple's teams work permanently on the MacBook keyboard. With the return of the scissors keyboard on the 16-inch MacBook Pro and therefore the abandonment of the butterfly keyboard that has only brought Apple problems, the Californian firm will not give up and continues its work to create the keyboard of tomorrow.
A whole new generation of keyboard
But what could Apple bring to the keyboard of the MacBook? A major change !
The Californian firm has filed a patent for a keyboard new generation In the United States, this was reported as 10,394,341 in the USPTO Repository Database. surprisingly, the same patent has been posted in Europe this week, proving that between this t and this week, the idea has not been abandoned.
This famous innovation on which Apple works is a keyboard that comes out of the future, a keyboard never seen until today. This one would no longer work with mechanical switchesbut with a whole new architecture that would use light sensors. These sensors will be in charge of dtecter and of transmit instantly as soon as the key is hit.
Obviously, such a change takes time to conceive, since the light sensors have to follow the people who type very fast, but also hold on the hard.
In an interview with the CNET media this month, Phil Schiller explained that working on keyboards is far from simple!
Keyboards in general are a lot of work. People sometimes underestimate the amount of work a keyboard requires, which is why most keyboards in the industry do not change before 10 or 20 years. Adapt that a laptop is more work. It's not impossible, but it's a lot of work.
In the patent which was finely analyzed by patlentyapple, one can see (in FIG 1 and FIG 2) that this generation of new keyboard could concern both the MacBook Air and Pro, but also the Magic Keyboard iMac.
In Figure 5, Apple describes a view of how it would work under the key. In FIG. 11 there is an illustration showing a diagram of a key having a keyboard cap with a light control system.
FIG 12 is the representation of the key when the user presses it.
To conclude, in FIG 20, Apple shows a flowchart of an example of what will happen when the user presses a key with a light sensor.