Apple is working on a Force-touch keyboard, which has no mechanical buttons. This is at least suggests a now published patent.
Ene of the highlights featured in the March 2015 Mac Book Pro is the so-called Force-Touch track pad, which recognizes, inter alia, the amount of pressure and so depending on the application allows context-dependent special functions. Originally from the Apple Watch Coming Force Touch is now reached as 3D touch even with the smartphones of the Group – there are the somewhat firmer tapping the screen numerous additional options of free apps. If it goes to the developers of Apple, it could soon probably also be a keyboard with the Force-touch technology – without mechanical keys. This is at least suggested a patent out that the company awarded by the US Patent and Trademark Office USPTO received on 3 November 2015th
Sensors replace physical switches
The patent application and the associated drawings can be seen that Apple replaces the physical switches of a keyboard by sensors. Each key would therefore have a kind face on Force-touch enabled. For a typing experience arises, according to the patent application, an actuator in the key must also be installed, which generates a haptic feedback at the moment the button is pressed, the user feels in a fingertip. In published patent application is mentioned, simulating a click or keystroke from a piezoelectric effect. How far the development of the keyboard is advanced, can not be estimated on the basis of the request.
The advantages of a keyboard with the Force-touch technology are obvious: The structure is significantly less space than a traditional keyboard, so that, for example, could build flatter Mac Books. The fact that Apple is working continuously, appeared in March 2015 when the company only 1.31 centimeters thick Mac Book with 12-inch screen presented. Even then, Apple broke with common conventions and used in the keyboard, the self-developed “Butterfly switches” that permit compared to previous techniques 40 percent thinner keys.