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A desktop computer that integrates keyboard and display in a single curved glass panel. Ace is the prototype of iMac recently registered by Apple with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Entitled Electronic Device with Glass Housing Member (which we could translate as an electronic device integrated in a glass housing), the document was presented on Thursday, January 23, 2020.
This was announced by the Dezeen site, detailing that the computer would see the keyboard and the display area incorporated in the same continuous surface made of a sheet of transmissive material.
The patent gives examples of glass, plastic or ceramics, but implies that it is most likely made of glass, he added.
Judging from the images, the prototype would be supported by a quad-shaped structure behind the screen, which also functions as a container for the computer's processing unit and electrical components.
The media specialized in architecture and design emphasized that, although the idea of integrating everything prevails in the proposal of the Cupertino-based firm, the document also incorporates alternative formulas in which the keyboard is presented as a separate accessory from the main set.
The glass sheet can also be folded in half when not in use, to allow for easier storage or transport, Dezeen said.
Apple's idea, according to the documentation, is to implement a system that also allows you to dock a MacBook laptop with the desktop device.
Here's how: The laptop will fit into an opening at the bottom of the device and connect to the iMac to allow the user to use the keyboard and touchpad of the former while having the view of a larger screen.
As is customary in these cases, the patent application is only a glimpse of what the brand could be preparing and not necessarily the confirmation that the product is being developed or even less that it goes into production.