Apple has filed a patent application with the US Patent and Trademark Office for a future prototype MacBook with an all-glass trackpad. The patent covers a side-to-side trackpad with a force input/tactile output interface in the trackpad area made of various opaque or transparent materials such as metal, glass, organic or synthetic materials, etc. The user interface area of the trackpad can be a protective cover of clear glass, sapphire, or plastic that rests over the active display area of the device.
Like noticed by patent Apple, Apple has filed for a patent for a force input/haptic output interface for future MacBook devices. This patent suggests a design change for future devices that will reduce the thickness of the MacBook. There is currently a designated clipping area for a traditional trackpad. The force input/haptic output trackpad interface will remove this slot.
As seen in the patent, the design will feature a trackpad that is fully covered from side to side with no borders. The patent adds that the opaque or transparent area of the trackpad will be covered with any protective transparent materials such as glass, sapphire, plastic, etc.
A figure present in the patent shows localized flexible regions on the trackpad interface for force input/tactile output, which will also include a haptic actuator that will help reduce the thickness of the device.
Apple also recently secured the patent for a multi-layered flip phone for future iPhone and iPad models. The patent covers a layer structure for curved, flexible and foldable displays. A cover layer should protect the flexible display. This layer consists of a transparent support material and a hard coating layer.
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