When Steve jobs introduced the first iPhone in 2007, he called ineffective physical keyboards in smartphones, since in this case the user does not need permanent access to the set text. However, the on-screen keyboard is only suitable for processing small volumes of text, and the problem Apple tries to solve with new patents.
Once a patent application from Apple describes three ways to make on-screen computer keyboard as a physical one. First, the company wants the screen was flexible and responded to press virtual keys. In addition, it is assumed the use of a special mechanism for simulating a real keyboard. Also to simulate the edges of the keys will involve electrostatic charge.
This idea certainly deserves attention because it can transform our view about the keyboard in the MacBook. As with all Apple patents, there is no information on whether this concept will ever be available in real devices, but there is clear evidence that Apple is moving to a totally new keyboard. Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro — the implementation of the “screen” element in the keyboard.