For those of you who were a big fan of the changeable touchbar on the new Macbooks, but wanted them to take that idea a little farther, I have some good news for you. With the latest redesign of the MacBook Pro, Apple introduced the Touch Bar, a small OLED display that replaced the function keys at the top of the keyboard. But the company might be looking to take that concept much further, with a new patent for a full OLED display keyboard, or at the very least, what potentially looks like two iPads held together by a hinge. In other words, Apple’s patent answers the unasked question, “What if the Touch Bar was the entire keyboard?”
The patent (first spotted by Patently Apple) is officially for “dual display equipment with enhanced visibility and suppressed reflections,” and describes the outline to what could end up being a couple different products. One sounds more like a MacBook, where the two screens are part of a single device, connected by a hinge, while the other describes the second keyboard-screen as an accessory for a device (like an iPad keyboard accessory, for instance.)
The patent also describes use of polarized technology in order to minimize reflections from the two screens onto each other, which is a quite a brilliant solution to what would be a major problem for a device like this, as well as cutting down on glare from being outside. Of course, for now this is just a patent, which doesn’t actually mean we’ll see it on any hardware in the future, but it shows at least a hint of what Apple might have up its sleeve for the next generation of MacBooks.