Apple continues to imagine what a future MacBook will look like with the Apple Pencil, according to 9to5 Mac. The tech giant has applied to amend a patent that relates to the Apple Pencil, which is detachable and mounts on top of the MacBook keyboard.
According to Patently Apple, the Pencil acts as a mouse when placed in a holder. A high-end lighting system is also built into the holder, and The Apple Pencil will replace the F-key line. This way, the function key will light up on Pencil. The patent shows a MacBook with an input tool (An Apple Pencil or similar device) that has a sensor above the keyboard.
Although Apple recently created the concept, new claims and aspects were added to the patent application. For example, one of the claims includes magnetic elements that hold the Apple Pencil in place. Basically, Apple is considering replacing the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar with the Apple Pencil so it can double as a stylus and a Touch Bar.
Touch screen and no touch screen
Clearly, touch-screen Macs are what some users want. And a lot of people don't care about touch screens, with or without them. Steve Jobs, however, never liked the idea of a touch-screen Mac and explained the inconvenience.
"Touch surfaces don't want to be vertical. It provides a good demonstration, but after a short time you get tired and after a long time your arm wants to fall off. The experience was poor, it was ergonomically bad."