The future of Apple keyboards could be detachable

Apple's patent of a detachable mouse built into the keyboard.
(Image credit: Apple)

Apple's patents often cause a stir in the design and technology industry, and its latest is no different. The new patent suggests that the Apple MacBook or desktop keyboard and mouse could get a cutting edge update somewhere down the line. Suitably named the 'Deployable Key Mouse', the design shows a detachable mouse disguised as a key in the keyboard. 

The mouse hidden in the keyboard will supposedly double up as a functioning button and precision 'computer pointer device'. This design has the potential to grant creatives with flexibility on-the-go, minimise the hassle of carrying separate accessories and working on creative programmes with the trackpad. Seeing as this patent is only a week old, it's unlikely to be gracing our Macs anytime soon but in the meantime, you can find the best mouse for MacBook Pro and Air here. Also take a look at the best deals on smart keyboards for iPad.

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.