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Thread: Patent Shows Touchscreen MacBook
08-23-2010, 12:23 PM #1
Patent Shows Touchscreen MacBook
Now that Apple's marquee products - the iPhone and iPad - have gotten such praise for their high-quality IPS touchscreens, it looks like the company is looking at incorporating such displays on the MacBook line as well. Jack Purcher at Patently Mac looked at recently-revealed Apple patents for their IPS technology, and noted clear references to touchscreen-equipped MacBooks. With Apple putting such emphasis on touch with the new Magic Touchpad and magic Mouse, it makes sense that touchscreens would be the next logical step. And given that multi-touch is such an integral part of iOS, one commentator wonders if future MacBooks could also run a form of Apple's mobile operating system.
The patent that Purcher highlights relates to "increasing light transmittance in LCD pixels," but the hidden gem he found is a clear reference to touchscreen application. Talking about an "input structure" ith a touch-sensitive mechanism," the patent goes on to detail how "the user may select or interact with displayed interface elements via the touch sensitive mechanism" that would "allow a user to navigate the displayed interface by touching the display," which is a clear a description of multitouch in patent-ese as you're going to find. The patent also clearly indicates that the device using this technology could be "a MacBook, MacBook Pro and/or MacBook Air."
How you'd actually use a touchscreen Mac is a different matter. There's nothing inherently better about using a touchscreen rather than a touchpad or mouse to control a regular computer graphical interface like Mac OS X. In many cases, it'll be more awkward to touch the screen rather than use the built-in touchpad of the MacBook. John Brownlee over at Cult of Mac looks at this news and wonders if it means that Apple intends to build iOS support into Mac OS X. He talks about a "Dashboard-style" integration, which presumably means a separate mode where iOS apps would pop up like Dashboard widgets, and you'd use the touchscreen rather than the mouse in that mode.
Obviously, just because Apple mentions a technology in a particular patent, it doesn't mean we'll see it in a product soon, if ever. However, given all the resources Apple is putting into the mobile, multi-touch side of the house with iOS, the likelihood is that we'll see the two sides merge, and a MacBook - located right between an iPad and an iMac - is the place you'd expect that merging to happen.
Source: Cult of Mac
08-23-2010, 12:27 PM #2
keyboard + touch screen... idk about this one
08-23-2010, 12:39 PM #3
They should just do an iPad running osx. Everyone would be happy!
08-23-2010, 12:44 PM #4
I hope they reinforce that hinge where the screen and the keyboard meet.
08-23-2010, 01:05 PM #5
If they ARE going to add a touchscreen, I hope they will still keep the mouse support. For gamers like me, I wouldn't even use the touchscreen unless the game is designed for the touchscreen.Asking for help is different from being stupid. Fanboys can rot in @#$%!
08-23-2010, 01:09 PM #6
Isn't this just what we wanted when the ipad came out? Finally apple is listining
08-23-2010, 01:29 PM #7
looks like another OS 10.7.x to me
08-23-2010, 01:43 PM #8
08-23-2010, 01:47 PM #9
Its about time, Apple needs something that will compete with the likes of the HP Tablet PC: Elitebook 2740p
I will get one the moment Apple makes a tablet pc (no, the iPad isnt it).mod edit/links removed
08-23-2010, 01:54 PM #10
How recent is this? I doubt they would be reverting to the "old" mouse touchpad as seen in that picture...
This basically looks like a macbook pro from about 3-4 generations ago.
That said, if they do make a (real) tablet notebook, I would be first in line. Something that runs an actual full featured OS would be great. I, for one, don't mind sacrificing a bit of weight and battery life for true functionality.
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08-23-2010, 02:14 PM #11
i already did this with a laptop and my iphones screen
08-23-2010, 02:53 PM #12
08-23-2010, 03:37 PM #13
IMO, touchscreen devices should only come in either small or REALLY big...
08-23-2010, 04:40 PM #14
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08-23-2010, 05:49 PM #15
This is dumb!!!! And I would be dumb thinking the possibilities of a MacBook with touchscreen. Is just so stupid. May as well make an iPad with OSX. Makes more sense.... DUH!!!!!! (reply made with an Ipad 64gb 3G)
08-23-2010, 06:12 PM #16
touch screen and why a keyboard lol.
08-23-2010, 06:30 PM #17
I don't understand all the fuss, Different Strokes for Different Folks! C'mon does one more post have on the record really make a difference. Apple has a good thing going with this one....for some.And maybe not so much for others. Will I use one, No. Do I like coconut, No. So Where do these Quotes like "DUH" come from? Close Minded Ignorance.
08-23-2010, 09:17 PM #18
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08-23-2010, 09:46 PM #20
I want one