Portable computers that can use cellular networks are certainly not new, but Ma intends to improve the way notebooks can use antennas, according to a patent discovered by Patently Apple.
The invention describes several ways in which an antenna could be integrated into a MacBook case, including retractable methods, elastic materials, magnetic attraction, plug-in parts and memory alloys. In addition to the hardware technology applied to the antenna, the general operation of the software is also described, with the indication of possible user actions or conditions of the antenna and alerts that could be displayed. It is interesting to note that in the patent indicated that the MacBook could have two touch screens, its case could be made of several different materials and this technology could be extended to other types of gadgets, including iPhones and iPads.
In addition to this patent, Apple acquired a technology created by three engineers from Oregon, USA, which would allow, among other things, the addition of fingerprint reading functionality to the multi-touch screen of their gadgets.