One of Apple’s latest innovations could be making its way to even more keyboards.
A newly granted trio of patents shows Apple might be working to bring its Touch Bar tech to more devices than just the MacBook Pro line. The Touch Bar famously debuted with the 2016 MacBook Pro, replacing the row of function keys with a much more functional super-responsiveOLED touch panel.
Since the computer’s release last November, the Touch Bar has been used in countless different ways, from the functional to the frivolous, and it’s proven to be a killer addition to the keyboard we never knew we needed — even if it’s not as sexy as some of Apple’s fanboys would’ve liked. Bringing it to more keyboards is just the next logical step.
The patents, which were unearthed by AppleInsider, all describe the means for creating a “Keyboard with Adaptive Input Row,” aka the Touch Bar. The filings appear to be essentially identical.
The text of the patents mostly provide directions for how the touch-controlled tech actually works, rather than its application in different systems — but images included in the filings appear to show it outside of the MacBook Pro’s laptop housing.
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