The keyboard on our devices, whether virtual or physical, must be incredibly difficult to change. Any minor modification in its design or in the arrangement of the keys can hurt our comfort. That, or that we just can’t use it properly, hurting our productivity.
At the end, everyone has a different way of using each keyboard. And a few different tastes when you choose how you want each touch to feel. However, taking risks with original designs can lead to many problems. But Apple decided to take up the challenge, to try to find the perfect evolution of the Magic Keyboard.
Magic Keyboard El is one of the things most loved by Mac users, even iPad users from the release of the corresponding case. Its ride, the sound the keys make, the sensations it provides … but precisely because of that, Apple can’t afford to experiment too much with it. As they have already demonstrated with the butterfly keyboard.
Now, that doesn’t mean they can’t implement major changes. As suggested by the patent they shared from MacRumors, in which the possibility of include small screens under the magic keyboard keys
Among the possibilities that could be offered with this change, are the display of quick shortcuts without going through endless lists of commands, the customization of the keyboard according to the program … the latter would be particularly attractive for professionals such as video editors. , who often use layouts with keys associated with functions
This would not interfere with the current layout of the keys, so could be implemented without changing the design too much of the current Magic Keyboard. However, as with all patents, these are ideas that may or may not lead to end products. Concepts like this might come in a few years, or just never happen.