Mind-blowing patent shows the future of the MacBook

Apple patent
(Image credit: Patently Apple)

It's always fun to poke around at Apple's various patent filings to catch a glimpse of what ideas the company has up its sleeve for future devices. But every now and again we see something that truly surprises us – and this concept fits squarely into that category.

What do you get when you cross one of our best camera phones and our best laptop for graphic design? Perhaps it would look a little like this design, which quite literally combines an iPhone and a MacBook. Spotted by Patently Apple, the patent (below) imagines a hybrid design in which the laptop body is powered by an iPhone, which sits where you'd normally find the trackpad. 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.