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.
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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?