What you need to know
- Apple has patented a completely new type of Mac.
- The company appears to be exploring a computer housed entirely within the confines of its Magic Keyboard.
- A newly-published patent depicts a computer housed inside a keyboard that can be connected to an external display.
A newly-published Apple patent has revealed the company is considering a completely new type of Mac housed within the confines of an input device such as a keyboard.
A patent published today is titled 'computer in an input device' and reveals Apple is considering building a Mac that's components would be housed inside an input device like a Magic keyboard, creating a brand new type of all-in-one machine that could be used with any display.
Images depict a keyboard and a tray of components housed within the same form factor that could include a processing unit and memory, as well as a single I/O port for connection to an external display.
Apple says the primary function of the patent is a computer that can be used as a keyboard but says it could also cover something like a trackpad, touchpad, mouse, or tablet too.
Of course, just a patent at this stage, there's no indication Apple will ever release such a machine, but it is clear the company is at least considering a new type of all-in-one Mac that could be used with any display. Certainly, Apple silicon is making Apple's mobile computing technology more efficient than ever, so the company is certainly better placed to create such a device than it was while using Intel's chips.
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Heard of the Commodore 64? Same concept.
And the Commodore VIC-20 before it.
Just like "SkyCaptain69" said..... C64 and just about every home computer of the 80's, not only that, but they do know that the UK's Raspberry Pi foundation beat them to it right? https://www.raspberrypi.com/products/raspberry-pi-400/ It's an ARM processor, on a single board low power, low heat computer, built directly into a keyboard!! Whatever will the think of next... building an ARM Computer inside the monitor???
Not only the previously mentioned C64 but many other computers from the 80s, including the Apple II, which was not as compact as this design suggests, but it was a box with a keyboard.
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