According to the source, this patent was filed three years ago, and only now Apple has won it.
Thanks to this patent, the company can take a radical path and get rid of the physical keyboard. What’s interesting about this filing is that while rumors suggest that Apple will remove the only touchscreen interface on the MacBook Pro, the Touch Bar, this patent introduces the MacBook without a physical keyboard at all.
The source also claims that this virtual keyboard can be moved by swapping it with the trackpad. With Apple’s virtual keyboard, you can use iOS and iPadOS gestures such as pinch, zoom, slide to select, and more.
The patent states that this MacBook is equipped with biometric sensors, which we can interpret as Face ID, a fingerprint sensor (aka Touch ID), and a wireless charger located in the lower left corner of the laptop.
It is not yet known if Apple will be able to implement all of these features in a future MacBook. In the meantime, users expect an updated MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, with more ports and a miniLED display. Despite the futuristic nature of the patent, it is difficult to imagine really comfortable typing on a fully virtual keyboard.