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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.

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, 2016-04-11 (Update: 2016-04-11)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.