The current MacBook Pro has a main display and a Touch Bar, but it looks like Apple wants to add three more screens to make the laptop have five crazy displays.
According to MyFixGuide, the State Intellectual Property Office of China approved the patent on June 30. This is another patent that shows what Apple can do with all the blank space around the keyboard and trackpad around the laptop. This time it is recommended to use “Dynamic”. “Display interface” turns these blank areas into several small screens.
According to the patent’s illustrations, the functions of these displays are similar to Apple’s attempts to use the Touch Bar on their current MacBooks-moving the toolbar away from the main display and closer to the user̵
The trackpad seems to be embedded under the top of the laptop, because there are no obvious signs, at least compared to the slightly sunken trackpad on the current MacBook. To compensate for this, the patent also details how to add haptic feedback to the touchpad. In this way, users can know whether they have deviated from the boundary of the trackpad and better understand how they interact with objects on the screen.
According to the patent, the keys themselves can also be backlit, because the light-emitting surface also surrounds them. Although the backlit key may remind you of flashing RGB lighting on peripherals for gamers, it may be more practical to use. Consider how the light helps guide your finger to a specific hotkey group or primary key row (as shown in the patent) to help you type more efficiently.
We have seen some ideas on how to work from other laptop manufacturers. Asus’ ZenBook Pro Duo has a secondary display above its keyboard, while Microsoft introduced the upcoming Surface Neo, which is equipped with a virtual keyboard on the second identical display. It is unlikely that users will completely abandon the physical keyboard in the next year or two, so Apple’s patent seems to be a more sensible intermediate step.
While we wait for Apple to convert this patent into a real product (if it does exist), we have other developments to watch. As recently as In WWDC 2020, MacBook will get the latest version of MacOS called Big Sur. The new operating system provides new menu designs, widgets for commonly used functions, and upgrades to first-party applications such as Messages and Safari.
The upcoming MacBook will also use Apple Silicon, Apple’s earliest processor designed from scratch using ARM, rather than the Intel chipset it has used for years. The first ARM-based Mac will be released this year.