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  • Apple Granted Patents on Convertible MacBook


    Apple has just been granted several important patents today. It can be interesting to see what Apple is patenting as it sometimes gives us a glimpse into the future of Apple products. Of course, most patents never see the light of day as real products. Today, however, one particular patent is worth noting.

    The iPad has been a runaway success and now the MacBook Air refresh is selling quite well too. The question some consumers are now faced with is which to buy and which is better for them. The patent released today points to a new Apple MacBook that may act as both iPad and MacBook by way of a convertible monitor. The screen would slide along the keyboard covering it, leaving the device in a tablet configuration. Itís unclear which operating system Apple intents to use on the device, but this may not matter. Steve Jobs has stated that the next Mac OS update, Lion will incorporate some features from the iOS.

    The rumors of a touch-screen iMac have been circulating for some time, but back in October Steve Jobs mentioned that using touch screens vertically is not comfortable for long periods of time. Touch screens are more comfortable to use in a horizontal position. If this patent is any indication, then Apple is at least considering the possibility of bringing touch screen technology to Mac OS X.

    Apple isnít always the first to the party when it comes to new notebook designs, but when they do come out with something new, they usually do it right. Apple may be playing it safe, just in case convertible notebooks take off in a big way, the same way that netbooks exploded a few years ago. No matter what direction Apple decides to go with future MacBook designs, one thing is certain: Apple will hype the hell out of it and people will line up to buy it. I know I canít wait to get a new MacBook Air.

    Source: Patently Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Granted Patents on Convertible MacBook started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. \m/ibnziceman\m/'s Avatar
      \m/ibnziceman\m/ -
      Quote Originally Posted by brookz07 View Post
      So this is what I'm thinking...Fig. 33A should be like an air or pro with touchpad and using Mac os x then when converted in Fig. 33C it disables touchpad and os x and enables iOS. Then you really do have an all purpose device. Also incorporating built in 3G for both os's. That design would be very exciting and very sought after. Who wants to carry the MacBook and there iPad? Why not both at once? Apple...my resume is ready. Btw, it would solve jobs' problem with making MacBook's touchscreen by using the touchpad in 33A and then touchscreen only for 33C.
      man you beat me to it. i was thinking the same exact thing. it would only make sense. isn't apple all about taking what they learned from ipad and applying it to their laptops anyways?
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      Pretty cool, BUT I've seen a Dell just like this in best buy more than a few times. Good job ripping Dell's idea CrApple!

      Exactly. This is out and already sold by Dell. What an abuse of a patent.
    1. bingbang's Avatar
      bingbang -
      I seriously don't get how they could be granted a patent on this. Making putting a slider phone mechanism on a laptop WOW groundbreaking ... Seriously someone at the patent office must have a whole pile of brief cases with S.J. monograms
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by coolguy742 View Post
      Pretty cool, BUT I've seen a Dell just like this in best buy more than a few times. Good job ripping Dell's idea CrApple!
      Get the F*** outta here. Show me a link to a Dell with a sliding screen.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Not sure how they would do this to make it look like a MacBook, but would be cool
    1. pack's Avatar
      pack -
      lol at the ppl saying apple rips off dell. Now that's comedy.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      Get the F*** outta here. Show me a link to a Dell with a sliding screen.
      Yea he must be thinking of the one I mentioned but thinking it turned around a different way. This is the only flip screen I seen from dell. All other companies swivle at the base of the screen.

      Inspiron? duo | Dell
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Have you guys seen the specs or demo on that Dell Inspiron Duo? Not very impressed with its 1.5Ghz Atom processor.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I keep meaning to read the review on it but never get around to it. I am a little scared on the strength of the hinges.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      I keep meaning to read the review on it but never get around to it. I am a little scared on the strength of the hinges.
      Pretty crappy IMO. go check out the demo by dell or other reviews on youtube.
    1. Briandb1222's Avatar
      Briandb1222 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bingbang View Post
      I seriously don't get how they could be granted a patent on this. Making putting a slider phone mechanism on a laptop WOW groundbreaking ... Seriously someone at the patent office must have a whole pile of brief cases with S.J. monograms
      Patents expire after a few years. Dell's probably expired and Apple snatched it. Talk about taking opportunity.
    1. Briandb1222's Avatar
      Briandb1222 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      Pretty crappy IMO. go check out the demo by dell or other reviews on youtube.
      Same thing with cars. They all get crappier as years go on...pffft at the Cube. Go get a box and throw a pair of wheels, an axle, and some other parts and you have a cube...same to scion...pffft.
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      Quote Originally Posted by Briandb1222 View Post
      Patents expire after a few years. Dell's probably expired and Apple snatched it. Talk about taking opportunity.
      really depends what kind of patents were talking about or how you define "a few years" just to give an example: Pfizer got the viagra patent in 1998 and it will only expire in 2012, so that made pfizer a 12year span which they were the monopoly in viagra production...

      It's only logical that if a patent expires that other companies will start producing the same product / technology if the product / technology was successful in the first place
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by madczech View Post
      really depends what kind of patents were talking about or how you define "a few years" just to give an example: Pfizer got the viagra patent in 1998 and it will only expire in 2012, so that made pfizer a 12year span which they were the monopoly in viagra production...

      It's only logical that if a patent expires that other companies will start producing the same product / technology if the product / technology was successful in the first place
      2012 - 1998 = 12 yrs?
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      haha sorry for my mathskills, a bit burned out from studying