Apple has spent years researching how to make its keyboards dynamic after taking a first step with the Touch Bar in MacBook Pros, and after patents that saw touch sensors and solid displays, it seems the company is back to something more basic with a normal keyboard in which you simply put screens on its keys
The document, discovered by Patently Apple, describes how a fiber-optic base would a curved surface on which the screen rests. This would react to each user’s keystrokes showing changes, such as changing their keys to uppercase or different actions that a game may have.
A single keyboard to dominate them all
The key should be made of a tough material to protect the screen, which may well be made of materials that withstand millions of keystrokes. Something like that too would end the need for multilingual keyboardsBecause Apple could sell a universal keyboard that would display the keys in any language. The idea is not new, but Apple would apply its philosophy to the concept.
According to the patent (approved today but filed in mid-2017), we may have this keyboard in future generations of laptops and desktops, although that’s not necessarily something that has to happen. With the number of experiences already available, It’s a question of time in Cupertino, they decide how to innovate in the field of keyboards.