Future MacBooks To Use Dual, Polarized Screens? This Patent Makes An Incredibly Cool Suggestion

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Feb 10, 2017
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The entire ship we call Apple is built around a mantra of innovation and change. Cupertino loves to show off new features on its devices, whether they’re tablets, notebooks or smartphones. Sometimes things go its way, sometimes they don’t. With the MacBook Pro, Apple’s Touch Bar wasn’t as well received as the company would’ve hoped. Combine that with battery problems on the lineup and you get an unpopular notebook lineup. Today, we’ve got a patent which might appear on future iterations of Apple’s MacBook. Take a look below to find out more.

Apple Patent For The MacBook Pro Highlights A Dual Screen And Anti-Reflective Properties

At the launch of the MacBook Pro, Apple expressed its dislike for touch screen notebooks. The company believes that interacting with your device physically through the screen delivers little functionality and adds to user strain. To counter this, it launched the MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar. The  Touch Bar is a thin display strip which replaces the function keys on the notebook.

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Today’s patent, will allow Apple to launch a MacBook with two screens. The gist of this patent will allow the end user to view images simultaneously on both the displays. It will also suppress reflections from one display on to the other. However, to use these displays the user will have to wear vertically polarized glasses. The patent application was filed back in 2015 and is dubbed “Dual Display Equipment with Enhanced Visibility and Suppressed Reflections”.

The technology will work through vertical and horizontal polarizers present on both the displays. For example, one of the displays will possess inner and outer polarizers, with the outer polarizer featuring a transmission axis parallel to it horizontally. So when the first display emits vertically polarized light, another linear polarizer found on the secondary display will absorb it. This ensures the suppression of all reflections between the two surfaces.

Apple has already patent reconfigurable surfaces which eliminate the need of physical keyboards on the MacBook. In a dual screen configuration, one of the screens will double as a keyboard while the other will display the relevant outputs. It’s a nice direction which essentially extends the concept of a Touch Bar to the MacBook’s entire keyboard. Of course, since these are only patents, there’s no knowning when the technology becomes feasible for mass roduction. Rest assured, we’ll let you know when it does. Till then, stay tuned and let us know what you think in the comments section below. We’ll keep you updated.

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