You’ve apparently forgotten amidst all this hype about iPhones, but Apple still occasionally makes computers and tablets. And a new patent application exposes that its next ones might have an exciting feature.

keyless Keyboard

The patent, first reported by Patently Applewould be for technology that can make an onscreen keyboard (like that on an iPad) feel like a real keyboard.

 According to the patent application’s images. Apple has in thought a touchscreen device that could display a keyboard. The invention will sense when you pressed each key and provided haptic feedback. That is, you’ll feel like you’re pushing a physical key.

It seems handy — the patent application’s images show such a keyboard paired with a laptop, a desktop, and an iPad.

The corporation claims that such a keyboard would have an advantage over physical consoles in that. It could adjust its layout to different user preferences, or customize for multiple use cases.

Since that is only a patent application, there’s no telling yet when such a product will reach the market. Still, such a feature could make Apple’s rumored upcoming releases, including a cheaper MacBook Air and two new iPads, even more exciting. And this technology, alongside a recent patent for crumb-resistant keyboards, gives the typists among us a lot to look forward to.

The concept is also not restricted to dual-display devices, as another patent application was created in October 2017 detailing “Electronic Devices with Displays” that can deliver in half. A flexible portion in the middle of that display would enable it to fold. Efficiently providing an iPad-style device that can be shape related to a notebook, with the software keyboard staying on one of the two flat sections.

Apple is known for recording large numbers of patent applications for possible products. Many of which don’t end up occurring in customer products. While it is possible, Apple could implement such a keyless keyboard system in a future product. It remains too early to declare if it will happen.

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