Apple patent hints at touchscreen iMacs and MacBooks

Figure 11

FIG. 11 illustrates an example personal computer 1144 that includes a keyboard 1134, a touch sensor panel (trackpad) 1124, and a touch screen display 1130. Personal computer 1144 includes hardware, software, and/or firmware for transitioning between a user interface for a high-resolution input mode and a user interface for a low-resolution input mode according to embodiments of the invention. For example, personal computer 1144 can be a tablet personal computer, for which the display 1130 can be oriented for??keyboard/trackpad input (high-resolution input mode), such as shown in FIG. 11, and the display can also be oriented for touch input (low-resolution input mode, not shown). For example, display 1130 may be rotated and laid flat against keyboard 1134, with the backside of the display facing down against the keyboard so that the display screen faces up, in an orientation for touch input.

Image and summary taken from U.S. Patent Application number: 12/171,147 - Digitized by Google


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