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New Apple patent reveals MacBook with touchpad keyboard and haptic feedback

Apple MacBook patent shows large customizable touchpad keyboard
Apple MacBook patent shows touchpad keyboard
One of the future MacBooks might have a touchpad that acts as a keyboard that includes a few customizable sections as well.
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Last week, a patent filed by Apple back in September 2015 surfaced online on the US Patent and Trademark Office website. Dubbed "Zero Travel," this patent describes what might be the future of Apple's MacBook - a notebook with a touchpad similar to the existing Force Touch trackpad that replaces the traditional physical keyboard. 

The name of the patent suggests that physical key travel will disappear, so we might see a MacBook without any physical keys showing up in the future. Obviously, the described large touchpad uses haptic feedback to handle typing, but this is only the tip of the iceberg. The most interesting part is that - apparently - at least some parts of the control touchpad of the MacBook shown in the patent are customizable. On the other hand, other parts feature small perforations that let the light go through and highlight keys/letters/symbols on the touchpad.

As it usually happens with such patents, they might turn into a product in less than a year, a few years, or even never. Since this is an Apple patent, after all, it would not be a surprise to see the next-gen MacBook or the generation that comes after it to finally drop the physical keyboard and take things one step forward.

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Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5428 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2016-04-11 (Update: 2016-04-11)