Apple’s new patent could kill traditional keyboards
A new patent filed by Apple suggests that traditional keyboards might be replaced by a touchpad which uses pressure-sensitive technology and haptic feedback
Cupertino giant Apple has filed a new patent which could apparently replace the traditional QWERTY keyboard with virtual keyboards.
The patent describes the technology as a "configurable, force-sensitive input structure for an electronic device". This means that users will be free to decide what interface they would prefer to use.
The technology would work through haptic feedback on a flat surface. Hence, users can use a QWRETY keyboard while working on Word document or switch to numbered keypad while using spreadsheets.
The patent application appears to be strikingly similar to how an iPad display works, which could potentially be a move beyond the traditional keyboard interface we have been seeing since the inception of computers.
Currently its only a patent, though given Apple's track record of experimenting with new technology in the past, who knows -- the next MacBook could come without your traditional keyboard.