Saturday, December 26, 2009

Apple Tablet to Offer Dynamic Tactile Keyboard [RUMOR] [Mashable]

Check the full post for more details.  I think it’s a pretty safe bet that the Apple tablet won’t simply be a super-sized iPod touch.

One significant item on many a wishlist (that won’t be under the tree this year) is the famed imaginary creature — cousin to the dragon, the phoenix and the sphinx — known as the Apple Tablet. According to a veritable smorgasbord of recent legends, a.k.a. rumors, we might not have much longer to wait — a 7-inch tablet could be revealed as early as January 26.

A brace of new patents unearthed this week by Apple Insider point to a curious probability in relation to the tablet’s screen. The patent speaks of an “articulating frame” that may be raised or lowered to provide both a tactile typing keyboard and a flat surface for pointing. The device would employ some system of intelligence to help determine which mode the user was in, and dynamically adjust itself to provide a physically ridged keyboard or a flat pointing surface as necessary.

Apple Tablet to Offer Dynamic Tactile Keyboard [RUMOR]

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