Apple MacBooks could benefit from a new keyboard innovation in the form of glass key caps, at least with a patent just popped online.
Wccftech has identified the patent for transparent keycaps filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, in which Apple presents the idea of keys made of glass for better durability and, in fact, a more premium appearance.
The patent describes a design in which the body of the key is made of glass material, with a material that blocks the light on the lower surface of the transparent key, in which it is possible to cut the shape of the key character (and a ‘supporting body’ surround to support both the glass material and the bottom surface).
So in other words, instead of being printed on the top of the keycap, the character is located on the lower part of the body, where he cannot be carried away by repeated typing.
The backlight will be below, illuminating the character on the bottom surface, and the patent also mentions the possibility of different color backlights, or even RGB LEDs that can be used to change the color and brightness of the character on the button.
The general idea, therefore, is that of an elegant and elegant appearance of the keys, with the possibility of using glass for the transparent material, or Apple also mentions transparent polymers or transparent ceramics (such as sapphire).
Whatever the precise material used, the idea is that not only will they look good, but that the material used for these keys will be “durable and difficult to stain or scratch, even if subjected to millions of cycles of use”.
Keycaps like this can also have high rigidity while being thin, so this innovation could potentially lead to even thinner MacBooks.
More and more hard
Without a doubt, all laptop manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve the robustness and durability of their products, but it could be the case that Apple is giving a boost to the robustness since we recently saw another patent for a plastic frame. and metal for future MacBooks.
This design could lead to a stronger all-round MacBook, and even one with a more robust level of water resistance, which certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Another recent Apple patent also detailed a concept for a retractable keyboard that lowers to the base of the laptop body when the machine is closed.
As always, though, just because Apple patented a particular technology doesn’t mean it will ever be used in the real world. Like all large tech companies, Apple researches many ideas and plays with a series of prototypes, and only a relatively small percentage of them make the cut appear in a finished product.