Apple may fix MacBook's most annoying problem

Apple may fix MacBook's most annoying problem

Residues from such liquids, such as sugar, may corrode or block electrical contacts, prevent key movement by bonding moving particles, and so on.

A patent filing from Apple made public this week suggests the company is working on an upgraded version of its existing keyboards that would better resist crumbs, dirt, and other small particles that frequently jam the keys.

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. Companies patent all sorts of ideas and designs, and many of them never even make it to the prototype stage, let alone into a final product.

'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. It looks like an increment to its TouchBar system which was introduced in 2016 with the MacBook Pro.

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The application goes on to illustrate how various types of barriers could be put in place that would be able to keep debris from coming in from the side of the key and getting underneath into the actual mechanism.

The crumby keyboard on MacBooks may soon be replaced with something that actually works.

Possible keyboard innovations don't stop here, though. Among the most common complaints about the keyboard is how prone it is to crumb and debris blockages. Since the patent was filed back in 2016, there's a chance that we could be seeing one of these arrangements in future MacBook models.

It's been a while since we've seen any critical updates to the MacBook Air, so it would unquestionably pleasant to see a major refresh not long from now.