Apple's pushy patent points to a click-free trackpad future

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You understand exactly how frustrated you get whenever you use your MacBook’s trackpad and it makes a clicking sound? Nope, we don’t either, however Apple has been granted a patent for a touchpad that comes geared up without any buttons whatsoever.

The concept is that the small hinge that presently resides within the MacBook’s trackpad would be replaced with tactile feedback and a four-corner sensor that tracks exactly where your fingers are on the pad.

Although the patent was only granted today, it seems that Apple really applied for it back in 2009. This can well indicate that Apple has actually forgotten everything about the technology and chose that hinges are in fact a benefit, or now it’s the patent we might see the innovation in an upcoming version of the MacBook Pro.

Track talk

According to AppleInsider, the site that scoured the United States Patent workplace for the scoop, if the hinge-free trackpad ever sees the light of day then it’s most likely that you can alter the sensitivity of the pad for your finger strength.


And if Apple does go hinge-free then it would conserve some area on the framework of the MacBook. Oh, and there’s talk that despite the fact that the hinge wouldn’t exist, the clicking noise can be included so you do not miss out on the real-life sound an Apple trackpad generally makes.