“During Apple’s iPhone-5 event in September 2012, Phil Schiller introduced Apple’s new, highly advanced ‘Integrated Touch’ display that was one of the upgrades that made the iPhone 5 so much lighter than previous generations,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Today, Apple’s In-Cell display patent application has come to light,” Purcher reports. “Yet perhaps the real story here is that Apple has clearly stated that this technology could apply to Macs and went out of their way to list the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and even a future iMac.”

Purcher writes, “So contrary to Tim Cook’s adamant position that Apple has no interest in creating a hybrid MacBook-iPad variant whatsoever, today’s patent filing shows that Apple’s engineers were obviously given different instructions that contradict Apple’s ‘marketing position.’ If the new Ultrabook Convertible segment becomes a run-away hit over the next 24 months, it’s clear that Apple has a backup plan…”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, in the full article here.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]