Apple has decided to reconfigure Mac keyboards with tiny key displays
In a newly issued patent, Apple went for it. In short, each key has its own display, which can be programmed to fly with a different letter, such as the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. This would make it simpler to use the same keyboard to alter keyboard layouts or even languages, save resources and materials to build different keyboards for these applications.
The idea of a keyboard that can adjust their display is not entirely new, however, it’s built to work with existing keyboard intercoms that makes Apple’s patent special. The key can be manufactured from plastic, metal, glass or even saphire, but it can also be used in Apple’s MacBooks through scissor switches.
The key labels are not high in the resolution, noticeable thanks to organic light-emitting pixel array-based diode displays but are dynamic enough to display characters to match user preferences. Imagine, for example, having different layouts for various scenarios. You can have one to play, code, or edit footage. The keyboard will display key characters based on the user’s programmed settings.
The user may also switch to a different language keyboard, where, for example, the key labels are seamlessly moved to Greek between English letters. Apple plans to use this new technology in both MacBooks and stand-alone Mac Keyboards in the patent drawings.
For example, a user may provide a key press input or other user-input to an electronic device that directs control circuits to reconfigure each key mark.
For example, the user may wish to switch from first format to second format, such as the French-language one (e.g., a Greek-language format). The electronic control circuit will change the key labels that are shown in key displaying from English to Greek letters, thereby changing the keyboard from the first format to the second format.” In response to the user feedback to move the keyboard.