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Apple considers alternative MacBook keyboards with touch interfaces, improved dust protection

August 2, 2018

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A trio of patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday were filed by Apple on March 28. 2018. All three filings share the same name of “Device having integrated interface system” and a similar list of inventors, along with discussing how to improve the MacBook keyboard experience in connected ways.

Across the board, the filings discuss the use of a main body enclosure for a MacBook that has a transparent top where the keyboard resides, produced from a clear material such as plastic or glass. Underneath the transparent layer are a number of embedded sensors that could detect where a user’s fingers are touching the surface, and how much force is applied.

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