What you need to know
- Apple has patented a Macbook with a brand new feature.
- A new patent reveals legs that could be used to improve cooling.
A new Apple patent has revealed how a future MacBook might use legs to improve cooling.
The patent notes how on a support surface, most electronic devices don't get sufficient clearance and can often get warm as a result. The new Apple patent features several different scenarios in which feet could be used to improve the cooling of a device without the need to change up the computer's internal.
Not only that, the patent reveals how this could all be done automatically, drawing on readings from your MacBook's software to determine whether the fans in the device have reached a certain speed, or the components a certain temperature before deploying the feet.
Many third-party accessory makers offer solutions for laptop cooling that use stands and extra fans, this patent reveals Apple might one day cut out the middle man and just include them in the design.
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