Apple patents a crumb-resistant keyboard for MacBooks

Apple patents a crumb-resistant keyboard for MacBooks”

Such a design would be a welcome development for Apple fans who, in many cases, have been less than thrilled with the new keyboard design Apple has implemented with its MacBook notebook lines in recent years. "Residues from such liquids may corrode or block electrical contacts, getting in the way of key movement and so on".

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

The patent further describes that how those problems might be cured; with the careful application of gaskets, brushes, wipers, or flaps that block gaps beneath keycaps.

'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. One of the designs features a membrane that creates a gush of air out every time a key is pressed. It looks like an increment to its TouchBar system which was introduced in 2016 with the MacBook Pro.

When Apple debuted its new MacBook in 2015, it was the company's first laptop to feature a new keyboard with butterfly switches and keys with a very shallow travel distance.

Although we now know the 2016 patent exists, it's no guarantee that the technology will actually make its way to market. As we've seen recently, another patent showed Apple is mulling the idea of giving the MacBook a virtual OLED keyboard.

Of course, remember that these are all just patents and concepts which may never see the light of day, but clearly, just going by the sheer weight of the various ideas being juggled by Apple's research labs, making a better keyboard is something the firm is seriously concerned about. Liquid ingress around the keys into the keyboard can damage electronics.

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

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