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Apple files for patent for a Mac laptop with more touchscreen features

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20190361542) for a “portable computer with dynamic display interface” that shows a Mac laptop with a touchscreen — or at least more touch features.

The tech giant has repeatedly said it has not plans to release a Mac with a touchscreen. The closest the company has come is the controversial Touch Bar (which I personally like) on many of its laptops. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that some traditional trackpads are limited to a trackpad area generally located between the user’s hands when positioned in a typing position. Most traditional trackpads are also visually static in appearance and tactile feel. Apple is considering a laptop with a touch-sensitive cover and a display that produces a dynamic graphical output and may extend over the palm rest region of a keyboard.

Here’s the summary of the patent: “A laptop computer includes a display portion comprising a primary display and a base portion coupled to the display portion. The base portion includes a keyboard and a light-transmissive cover defining a first touch-sensitive input region along a first side of the keyboard and a second touch-sensitive input region along a second side of the keyboard. The base portion also includes a first display under the first touch-sensitive input region and a second display under the second touch-sensitive input region.”

Apple files for, and is granted, lots of patents. Many of them never see the light of day as finished products.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the news editor of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.