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MacBook with OLED Keyboard Shown in New Patent

Apple has been granted a patent for "dual display equipment with enchanted visibility and suppressed reflections," and the illustration looks like a MacBook with a giant Touch Bar for a keyboard. Patently Apple first discovered the patent. 

The Touch Bar first appeared on MacBook Pros in 2016, and reception to the feature was mixed.

The patent suggests two ways a Touch Bar-style keyboard could be implemented: as a giant OLED display where the keyboard goes on a laptop, or as a peripheral you could attach to another device, like an iPad or as a detachable 2-in-1. Additionally, the document mentions that polarizers could keep the screens from reflecting each other, which could be extremely distracting on a device with so many reflective surfaces.

Since this is in the patent stage, don't expect to see this on hardware in an Apple Store anytime soon. What's more the Touch Bar has received a pretty muddled reception since its arrival. While it looks cool, it hasn't proved useful in many apps, and some have found the Touch Bar to be more of a gimmick than a useful addition to Apple's laptops.

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Andrew joined in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. He holds a M.S. in Journalism (Digital Media) from Columbia University. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter @FreedmanAE.