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Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck

Apple's next Mac Book may be crumb and dust-resistant according to a new patent application. The patent covers a wide array of mechanisms including'bellows that blast contaminants with forced gas out out from around the key caps Apple files patent for keyboards that are crumb and spill resistant
Ramiro Mantilla | 11 Marcha, 2018, 05:51

Spilled coffee? Crumbs or other bits of food (or indeed dust) getting stuck under the keys?

The company files lots of patents and it is not known if this technology will ever be made available.

'Residues from such liquids, such as sugar, may corrode or block electrical contacts, prevent key movement by bonding moving parts, and so on', an Apple spokesperson wrote as part of the application. These kinds of debris-proof keyboards will be perfect for those who are on the move with their laptops and seldom get time to service them.

Apple describes a diverse range of solutions to make a keyboard effectively bulletproof to these dangers, which include the likes of gaskets, flaps, brushes or wipers which are designed to block the gaps beneath key caps.

Also, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, stated in 2013, that its competition is confused as they (windows laptop makers) were combining touch and pointer based systems. The firm also mulls about utilizing a full membrane layer under each key to keep contaminants from reaching the innards of the machine. It looks like an increment to its TouchBar system which was introduced in 2016 with the MacBook Pro. The patent was filed on September 8th, 2016, just a day after the company officially announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Essentially, the patent shows how Apple could make its Butterfly keyboard technology more resistant to various crumb and dust particles that make their way underneath the keyboard design.

It is, however, notable that Apple has seemingly has been developing a stronger keyboard that solves many of the problems faced by current MacBook users.

The new patent application outlines how the keyboard would use "a guard structure coupled to the key cap operable to direct contaminants away from the movement mechanism".

It's been a while since we've seen any critical updates to the MacBook Air, so it would unquestionably pleasant to see a major refresh not long from now.