Apple Patent A Keyboard With Removable Mouse
Apple has won a patent that shows they might be planning on a future generation of MacBooks that contain a removable mouse within the keyboard.
The patent proposal is titled “Deployable Key Mouse” and details this feature.
“The removable key can have a position sensor,” the patent explains, “wherein in the first configuration, the removable key structure is operable to provide a key-based typing input, and, in the second configuration, the removable key structure is operable as a computer pointing device using the position sensor.
“The removable key structure can therefore allow comfortable, portable, and precise pointer input for a computer input system.”
Given that the patent was only filed last week, this innovation is likely to be years away, if they proceed with it at all.
But it’s a nifty idea – and one we’d like to see.