New Apple patent could let you change every letter on your keyboard

Apple has upgraded the keyboards on its MacBooks in recent years with additions like the Touch Bar, which you can programme yourself, as well as Touch ID, Apple’s fingerprint sensor. But it’s a challenge to make more drastic changes to keyboards given that numbers, letters and symbols are printed onto them.

However, according to recent patent documents obtained by Patently Apple, the tech giant might be on the cusp of shaking up future keyboards with its “reconfigurable keyboard” design.

The patent explains that each key could have a different “associated key display” and on the display are what’s called “dynamic labels”, which can be programmed by the user. 

(Image credit: United States Patent and Trademark Office)

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