Apple patent hints at new type of Mac laptop

“Apple has been granted a patent for a camera latch by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and seems to involve what most folks would describe as a table PC or at least interesting (and unreleased) variations on the MacBook and/or MacBook Pro,” Dennis Sellers reports for Macsimum News.

Sellers reports, “The patent involves a portable computer and/or a laptop that includes a base. The portable computer also includes a lid that pivots relative to the base. The portable computer further includes a latch including a data capture device such as a camera that is configured to secure the lid to the base. The invention relates, in another embodiment, to a monitor. The monitor includes a display housing. The monitor also includes a display coupled to the display housing. The monitor also includes a camera coupled to the display housing.”

Full article with patent application illustrations here.


  1. In the linked article, the picture seems to have little to do with the text.

    It appears to me that this is a new camera mont that will swivel and tilt, rather than the fixed, unmovable mount used on the current ‘Books.

    Interesting? Yes.

    Earth shattering? No.

  2. The monitor and base relating to a trap of a fish-type design whereas a user when leaning within a predetermined distance to the screen is trapped and drawn into said screen by virtue of whoopie-doo.

  3. I see a diagram of a laptop with a webcam that may rotate forward/backward, rotate side-to-side, slide horizontally, perhaps extend vertically.

    Very cool.

    No description of any tablet except tablet.

    The article just copies a description of a standard laptop from the patent. Ugh. The MacDailyNews comments just copy from the article. Double ugh.

    Lame cut-and-paste (perhaps without even reading) reporting.

    But great idea from Apple!

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