Your future Apple Mac will be built into the keyboard, like the 80s

Apple patents a new computer device concept, with a Magic Keyboard-like device that houses the entire PC, plugs into any display.

Published Sun, Feb 27 2022 1:37 AM CST   |   Updated Wed, Mar 23 2022 6:30 PM CDT

I still remember my Dad walking through the door with an Amiga 500 under his arms, and a few years of my youth zapped by. The computer was built into the keyboard and if you wanted to use another 1.44-inch FDD then you'd need to buy a 1.44-inch FDD external drive, and plug it into the Amiga 500 keyboard.

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But now, Apple seems to be bringing the 80s computer back with a recent patent filing that would see a future Mac inside of the keyboard. Apple filed the patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a "Computer in an input device" that would use a thicker Magic Keyboard with all of the Mac components inside, connecting to an external display with a single cable. Nice.

The port on the outside of the keyboard would do everything: power delivery, data, and the keyboard itself will be paired with the trackpad and Magic Mouse... wirelessly, of course.

Apple sees a future where you'll be able to tote around your Magic Keyboard with your Mac inside, and then plug into any device (or TV) with a single cable. This means you could take your home office, or professional office, around with you -- but not like a laptop. This would hopefully see prices of the Mac-in-a-keyboard much cheaper than a desktop Mac or MacBook laptop.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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