Apple Patents Invisible Button

Posted: Apr 29 2010, 10:36am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 8:52pm CDT, in News | Apple


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Apple hates buttons, holes, slots and dongles. Since the early days of the II and the first Macintosh, Apple (and Jobs) have worked to make their products as seamless as possible. The next step down this road to smooth perfection; invisible buttons. (TechCrunch)

Macbooks don't have touchscreens, which means that some amount of “seamless”-ruining buttons and gewgaws are necessary. This patent application for a “Disappearing Button or Slider” would bring some elements of touchscreen control to non-touch devices.

Apple wants to create backlit micro-perforated holes on the MacBook's casing. These buttons will act as simple displays to show WiFi signal or battery level, and could also control certain functions of the device. The button-displays would be invisible (or virtually so) when not in use.

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