Apple Patents New MacBook Magnetic Closure System
An Apple patent application has recently been published by the US Patent & Trademark Office revealing a redesign of the MacBook magnetic latch system.
The patent is related to latch systems securing together, with components of an electronic device. A latch and magnet are secured with a housing component by a post that extends from the component. The latch and magnet can also rotate depending on the component.
Before there was a tool to apply an external magnetic field from the device, the latch would be coupled to a first housing component, and engaged with a second, which mechanically interlocked the first and second components.
When the tool applies the rotational field to the magnet, coupled with the latch, they rotate and the latch disengages with the second housing component. The first and second components then decouple from each other,
The patent illustrates a plan showcasing several latch systems positioned in the base. It shows the MacBook would include various latch systems disposed through the base. These can collectively interlock housing components mechanically. (FIG 6)
FIG. 2 shows a partial cross-sectional view indicating a latch system with its main magnet, whereas FIG. 14 shows a flowchart indicating a method for accessing a component located inside the device.