Apple files patent for glass keyboard

Apple files patent for glass keyboard

Sponsored Post | 8 Feb 2019

Highlights:

  • Apple has filed for a new Keyboard patent.
  • The new patent is for a touch enabled glass keyboard.

Apple has filed for a new patent which showcases a touch enabled keyboard. The filed patent shows shows multi-layers on the keyboard. The top layer and the bottom which houses the trackpad is shown to have a transformable piece of glass. This could presumably change based on the applications being used, similar to what we have seen with the touch bar on the new Macs. According to digital trends the “patent drawings show that first glass layer offers the ability to become altered, potentially allowing the bottom half of the case to house a touchscreen which could then become tactile when the user has the use for a keyboard. This solution would help to alleviate the lack of precise physical feedback from the touch surface when a button is pressed.” Put simply, this new patent shows a glass keyboard with raised portions to denote the placement of keys and give users feedback when each key is pressed. This could eliminate the need for moving parts in the keyboard reducing the chances of failure. The feedback could be similar to the haptic feedback we saw with the home button on the iPhone 7.