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Apple is working on technology to create a futuristic all-glass MacBook Pro

Someone can't draw the Apple logo.

Recently revealed research shows Apple is considering imitating glass the back of the iPhone for the all-glass MacBook Pro, which can also have a touchscreen.

If you could only use the recently published “Electronic Device” patent application, you'd think a touchscreen element would be less likely than a MacBook Pro with a glass back. In this patent application it appears almost as an aside, although it appears on eight pages, each time with more and more detailed information.

Also, you don't have to rely on just one patent application. It was previously rumored that Apple would introduce a MacBook Pro with a touchscreen at some point in 2025.

However, the real purpose of the patent application with the unusually boring title “Electronic Device” is to create a cover for the MacBook Pro. glass Apple is considering whether (and when) to take part of the MacBook Pro's display and switch to glass on the back, where the Apple logo is located.

“Because laptop computers are typically portable devices, factors such as size, weight, and durability can affect the overall usefulness of the device,” Apple says. “Additionally, the specific materials used to construct the laptop computer, and particularly the chassis components, can affect the size, weight, and durability of the computer.”

For example,” he continues, “hull materials such as plastic may be lightweight but have relatively low durability.”

Consequently, Apple proposes that the MacBook Pro lid contains “a metal enclosure component that defines the peripheral side surfaces… and glass sheets for the front and rear surfaces of the display portion.”

Most of the patent applications concern the assembly and gluing of various parts of the screen.

Although most patents refer to the entire glass panel, in some cases Apple calls only glass part of the back surface. The patent is more than just Apple wanting to introduce a display or take us back to the pre-2015 days when the Apple logo would light up.

“[Instead] the configuration provides a thin and light display portion while maintaining a high degree of rigidity,” Apple continues. “Additionally, since the back of the display is made of glass, the back can be more resistant to scratches, cracking, warping and other damage that other materials may be susceptible to.”

Apple regularly claims that it is working on combining the Mac with the iPad — and the company keeps saying no. However, by combining these devices, informants usually mean the presence of the same operating system on both.

In this case, Apple will essentially take a piece of hardware from the iPhone and bring it to the Mac. This isn't the first time such an idea has been explored, as at one point Apple was shown to be exploring the possibility of making an iMac entirely from a single sheet of glass.

This patent application belongs to four inventors. These include Lauren M. Farrell, who previously held numerous patents and applications for displays.

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