The trackpads on our laptops haven’t changed much over the years. In general, they continue doing the same thing as a while ago, although some now support gestures.
However, according to a recent patent, Apple could have a pretty radical idea for future trackpads.
Under this patent, Apple is looking for ways to get rid of the trackpad in a fixed position. Instead, Apple may be thinking of turning the entire palm rest area of the laptop into a trackpad surface.
This means that users could touch, drag or click on any part of the palm rest and it would register correctly.
The patent suggests that users will be able to change the position of the trackpad, so if they prefer not to have it in the center, they could move it to the left or right of the wrist rest.
It’s a pretty radical turnaround on Apple’s part, and we wonder if it could interfere in any way with the way users write, unless there is some form of palm or wrist rejection technology.
That said, this being a patent, we have no guarantee that this trackpad will ever be seen on an Apple laptop, so we will have to wait.