New Apple Patent Points To All-in-One Touchscreen Mac

Posted: Feb 25 2010, 11:40am CST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 8:06am CDT, in Rumors | Rumors

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The fun thing about Apple patents is that you never quite know if they'll ever end up seeing the light of day. Basically, Apple is a tech-tease. Today AppleInsider reports that a new Apple patent pertaining to an all-in-one touchscreen Mac has been found. The patent itself is for a “shape detecting input device” that would allow users to place physical objects on the screen so that it could read them.

Basically, each user would get their own signet in the shape of a card or a key. You press it on the screen and the computer automatically adjusts itself to your settings. The applications of this technology in a business or classroom environment are immediately obvious. Think of how useful this would be on an ATM machine though; just press your card to the screen and, boom, you're in. (Well, after entering your PIN.)

This patent hits just a month after rumors spread of a 22” touchscreen all-in-one Mac for later in 2010. Just a coincidence, or a sign that we're about to see yet another new type of Apple product?

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