Apple this week secured a series of ten patents related to LCD screens with IPS technology, which can be used in several products in its lines. Currently, only iMacs, iPads and iPhones 4 have this feature.
One of the possible applications described for a MacBook with a touch screen, and it was to this part of the documentation that the Patently Apple got attached to say, affirmatively, that such a product will hit the market, just a matter of time.
Hmmm at the. Patents are filled with hypothetical scenarios that will never see the light of day, simply to prevent competitors from using alternative applications to register small variations as original inventions. Not to mention entire records that serve only to prevent certain products from being launched or to be able to process any in the future what is known as Patent squatting.
Will we see a MacBook with a touchscreen? I would not bet on that, and if a product that vaguely fits that description ever hits the market, it will certainly be completely different from the MacBooks (and Mac OS X) we have today. But dreaming costs nothing: who wants to see Apple notebooks following the same path that Microsoft followed with “convertible PCs” and the like?