When Apple launched the new 12-inch Retina MacBook, they also introduced a brand new keyboard for the laptop. One that is thinner, but it also resulted in some problems due to the thin profile. Dirt, dust, and debris get caught and can cause the keys to stop functioning properly. Well, it looks like they have a solution.
A recently published patent suggests that Apple might have the answer to the dirt and dust problem. This either involves sealing off any unwanted gaps (which could also make it water-resistant) or introduce a membrane underneath each key that would blow out air everytime a key is pressed. This seems like a great solution since it would blow out any unwanted debris.
The patent also notes, “residues from such liquids, such as sugar, may corrode or block electrical contacts [and] prevent key movement by bonding moving parts.” This patent was filed in 2016, so it has been a while since Apple has filed it. Hopefully, that means they may have something ready to go soon. We don’t know if Apple plans to move ahead with it or if it will just remain an idea. We could use this technology in our keyboards. Only time will tell.