Does Apple's radical new MacBook design reveal the future of keyboards?

When it comes to keyboards, Apple has had a rough ride in recent years. 2015's infamous Butterfly mechanism was incredibly fault-prone, with users plagued by issues including stuck keys. Last year saw it finally replaced by a more robust Magic Keyboard in both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro – but now it looks like an even more radical keyboard redesign could be on the way. 

A new patent filing has revealed that Apple is working on a MacBook featuring a solid-state keyboard – which, in short, involves a glass surface that can transform on command to suit what ever app is being used. It's certainly a novel invention – but would it actually make our best laptop for graphic design any better?

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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.