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Apple Patents A Dirt-Resistant Keyboard

Apple Patents A Dirt-Resistant Keyboard

Such a design would be a welcome development for Apple fans who, in many cases, have been less than thrilled with the new keyboard design Apple has implemented with its MacBook notebook lines in recent years.

The new design could resolve the issue of dust and dirt getting lodged in the gaps between shallow keys. As the patent reads, "a keyboard assembly [could include] a substrate, a keycap, and a guard structure extending from the keycap that funnels contaminants away from the movement mechanism".

Residues from such liquids, such as sugar, can corrode or block electrical contacts and inhibit moving parts. But it's still a positive sign that Apple has been looking into the keyboard issue and may have a solution at some point.

We've all been through this situation before: we get a brand new keyboard only to see the typing experience get worn down by a variety of bad habits (most of them related to eating and drinking while near our computer). We gauge add up to shipments of MacBook models will grow 10-15% YoY in 2018 (versus 0-5% YoY decay for the NB business), up from 15.5-16mn units in 2017. While this helped keep the laptop as thin as possible, the problem over time became that once debris like food crumbs or dust buildup did get under the keys, there was nowhere for it to go and no space for the key mechanism to be pressed.

Last month Apple also filed a patent that shows off a stylus that can draw in mid-air.

Of course, remember that these are all just patents and concepts which may never see the light of day, but clearly, just going by the sheer weight of the various ideas being juggled by Apple's research labs, making a better keyboard is something the firm is seriously concerned about.

The pen-like device can be operated without a touch-sensitive device, such as a touchscreen tablet or smartphone.