Apple has just patented a keyboard that would have a small screen on each key. This technology would put an end to the problems that arise when buying a computer in a different language.
Apple has had a bitter relationship with keyboards lately, and after some time fixing the so-called butterfly keyboards on its MacBooks, the company decided to switch to the Magic Keyboard, with a little more travel and which is giving better results than its predecessors.
But now, Apple is looking ahead to the future of its keyboards, and has decided to patent one that has screens on each of the keys, a most extravagant idea, but if carried out perfectly, it can solve many problems. to the American company.
Putting a screen over each key, a priori, would have a fairly high cost, but it would have the great advantage of being able to change the keyboard layout and language at any time, which would avoid Apple having to allocate a specific number of units to each market. In other words, any company laptop would be suitable for anyone in any country. Which is precisely what happens with devices like iPhones.
This is something that does not happen now, since right now, Apple, as it appears on its website, has the following keyboard layouts depending on the different markets in which it sells its computers:
- Finnish / Swedish
- Swiss multilingual
The list is not exactly short, and this implies some costs for Apple that could be freed, although rather it would replace them, thanks to this patent, which would allow you to buy an Apple keyboard in Russia, for example, without having problems with the keyboard layout.
However, a screen on each key of a keyboard implies, in addition to the higher cost, greater fragility and a greater number of battery consumption, by having to illuminate each of the keys. Although it is true that, given the autonomy offered by the new MacBook with an M1 processor manufactured by Apple, this could not be too much of a problem.
It is still too early to talk, since patents do not always become final products, but it seems an idea that Apple has a lot to elucidate, and that can be turned into a breakthrough if the apple company does things with the rigor to which he is already accustomed to his audience.