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Apple patent reveals MacBook keyboard protected from crumbs and dust

11 Marcha 2018
Apple patent reveals MacBook keyboard protected from crumbs and dust

What's your keyboard's worst enemy?

Not only do these crumbs look disgusting but they can also result in the entire keyboard needing to be replaced.

For anyone who owns a newer MacBook and has frequently had to deal with the headache of having one or many keys jammed by a single piece of dust, the news signals that there may someday be relief. Spilled coffee? Crumbs or other bits of food (or indeed dust) getting stuck under the keys?

Apple filed a patent made public yesterday for a keyboard that resists crumbs.

Apple describes a diverse range of solutions to make a keyboard effectively bulletproof to these dangers, which include the likes of gaskets, flaps, brushes or wipers which are designed to block the gaps beneath key caps.

'Keyboard assembly [could include] a substrate, a key cap, and a guard structure extending from the key cap that funnels contaminants away from the movement mechanism, ' the patent, published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office reads.

Obviously, it stays indistinct if Apple is intending to offer a patched up MacBook Air with reinforced specs at a more moderate value point or if the organization is just wanting to bring down the cost on existing models. This new keyboard is said to be thinner and offer less travel between presses, but unfortunately it also resulted in some problems as due to the thin profile, dirt, dust, and debris that gets caught can cause the keys to stop functioning properly. As we've seen recently, another patent showed Apple is mulling the idea of giving the MacBook a virtual OLED keyboard. The mechanical keyboard system has been around for a long time and its removal will help save a lot of space, manufacturing time and yeah, save the keys from cookie crumbs.

And hopefully we'll see the fruits of that labor sooner rather than later.