Patent Gives a Glimpse of Apple’s Plans for a Touchscreen Mac

Since the iPad was announced, we’ve been waiting for the day when the tablet and its iPhone operating system could be melded with a keyboard and the Mac OS. And now, courtesy of the Patently Apple blog, we have a glimpse of the future.

Apple has filed for an international patent in Europe for computers that allow the user to transition between touch-screen input and a traditional keyboard, according to documents found by the blog.

The patent, called “Transitioning Between Modes of Input,” shows a device that looks similar to an iMac but has a touch screen that is allowed to tilt. The device would sense when a user wants to use the touch-screen interface based on the tilt and movement of the screen or how the user touches it. Apple also includes images of a laptop with similar features.

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