Apple’s winning patent shows that they might be planning on a future generation of MacBooks that contain a removable mouse within the keyboard.
The title of the patent proposal is “Deployable Key Mouse” and details this feature.
The patent explains
“The removable key can have a position sensor”, “wherein in the first configuration,
the removable key structure is operable to provide a key-based typing input, and, in the second configuration,
the removable key structure is operable as a computer pointing device using the position sensor.”
“The removable key structure can therefore allow comfortable,
portable, and precise pointer input for a computer input system.”
The patent was only filed last week, if they proceed with it at all, this innovation is likely to be years away.
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