Apple registers touchscreen patent for notebooks

By on December 30, 2010
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Could a touch-enabled Macbook be in the works?

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Folks, get ready to touch your Mac (not in that way). Patentlyapple has uncovered a series of patents applied by Apple this week, and out of the rummage of the techno mumbo-jumbo, one patent particularly stood out: integrated touchscreen solution across multiple platforms, including notebooks.

The explains: “Apple’s patent figures 1A-1C shown below illustrate a number of end-user example’s that the touch screen patent relates to, such as a mobile telephone (iPhone), a digital media player (iPod), and once again – Apple illustrates a possible future touch based MacBook display. Each includes an example integrated touch screen system which is presented in patent FIG. 1D. In patent FIG. 2 we see a block diagram of an example computing system that illustrates one implementation of an integrated touch screen.”

This is slightly surprising as during the iLife ’11 launch event, Apple had dismissed the idea of using touchscreens on notebooks as it would require a user to keep his arm at uncomfortable angle to use it. But the recent patents shows that Apple may be slowly changing its perspective. Or may be they just said that to put us off scent of what was cooking in super secret labs of iDevice makers. They are known to do that.

Source: Patentlyapple.


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