All the hot news leading up to WWDC 2016 talking about Apple would announce a new MacBook Pro with a capacitive OLED touch panel that would eventually replace the top row of the keyboards that currently ship as part of the notebooks. However, that didn’t materialize, though the smart money is still very much on that particular addition making its way to the next upgrade of the MacBook line. Wondering about the screens on keyboards, but what about a screen built into Apple’s Magic Keyboard?
Following rumors suggesting the next-generation MacBook Pro will feature an OLED touch panel, designer Martin Hajeck has created some renderings imagining what such a MacBook Pro might look like. In fact, that’s the precise thing that folks at CURVED had in mind when designing a concept video showing off, an Apple keyboard with a built-in touch-based display along the top, do you think this thing look stunning!
That design incorporates some recent information indicating the touch panel on the MacBook Pro could be contextual, with icons and imagery that changes based on the app that’s in use. The screen is expected to replace the Fn keys at the top of current keyboards. As CURVED points out, the whole screen could display media playback controls in graphical form, mimicking the Control Center found within iOS.
By putting an OLED touch bar in the Magic Keyboard, Apple serves those who use a desktop Mac, and those who connect a monitor and external peripherals to a MacBook and can use it just like a desktop when they’re in their office or?
This awesome new concept video imagines what that might look like, and comes after Apple brings an OLED touch pad to the MacBook Pro later this year. This the hottest rumor surrounding the 2016 MacBook Pro. Magic Keyboard meets OLED, then!
The trick: Since the display is touch sensitive, its visual appearance would be customizable – with either individually adaptable favorite keys or specifically assigned keys for apps. The OLED touch panel could for instance show YouTube’s progress bar or add play buttons specifically for Spotify.
The beauty f a Magic Keyboard with such visual technology is that it could be used with any iMac, or indeed iPhone or iPad. Great idea of customizable touchscreen at the top of our keyboards, so come on Apple, definitely make it happen. And allow developers to change how the display looks and acts too, please.
Only problem here is Apple would have to overcome is that the massive impact an OLED touch bar would have on the Magic Keyboard’s battery life and some other sensitive parts. Imagines music controls when Spotify is open, which morph into a download monitor when using Transmission.
In addition to an OLED touch panel, the next-gen Apple’s MacBook Pro will be coming in 13 and 15-inch sizes, is expected to be thinner, thin speakers at the sides of the machine, and USB Type-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support.
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