Apple Might Launch MacBook 2018 or Future MacBooks With Flexible Hinges
Looks like Apple’s future MacBooks could have a new and interesting design. The new patent published this week by the European Patent Office, claims flexible hinges for upcoming MacBook.
New Patent Claim
According to Patently Apple, Apple has been working since 2013 for a new kind of protective cover concept that could be applied to future iPad, iPhone, and MacBooks. On 2017, the company filed for a new patent claim and was later published on May 23, 2018, by the European Patent Office.
The new patent focuses on a clamshell design with a laser cut flex hinge for the MacBook. With its flexible hinge design, it would mean that the MacBook enclosure could be created from a single rigid material while providing flexibility and bending for the enclosure.
The design also depicts that its top portion will more or less support a display screen while its bottom portion will most likely support a keyboard, trackpad and etc. The interior design, however, will boast a variety of electronic components in accordance with conventional laptop computing devices.
Similar To Microsoft’s Design?
An article from 9to5Mac notes that Apple’s latest patent claim looks a bit similar to the hinge design Microsoft unveiled on its 2015 Surface Book, where it was described as “dynamic fulcrum hinge” because its hinges flex as the laptop opens. However, the difference between the two is that Microsoft’s Surface Book can be used in a tablet-like mode — this is due to its removable display feature which can also be replaced in the opposite direction
Though this piece of information regarding future Apple laptops is quite interesting, it is important to note that this is only a patent application so it’s still unknown when will this design be implemented. In fact, it’s not sure if this design will even be used for future products or the upcoming MacBook Pro 2018.
So what do you think? Do you think we will see this design on MacBook 2018? Do share your thoughts in the comment section below.