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Apple patent hints at touchscreen iMacs and MacBooks

Figure 5

FIG. 5 shows a display screen 501 in a housing 503. Housing 503 includes touch sensor areas 505 that detect touch. Touch sensor areas 505 can, for example, be wrapped around to the back of housing 503 (not shown). When a user wishes to change the orientation of display screen 501, the user will typically grab housing 503 at touch sensor areas 505. When the user grabs touch sensor areas 505, the touch sensor areas send touch detection signals to a processor (not shown). The touch detection signals can be used in addition to other orientation sensor signals, such as described above, to help detect that the user has changed the orientation of display 501.

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

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