“On January 24, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Apple’s patent application titled Illuminated touchpad,” Neo reports for MacNN.
“Apple’s patent generally relates to touchpads that provide visual feedback. More particularly, the present invention relates to illuminated touchpads that use light to provide feedback. Apple’s current patent would strongly suggest that the iPod classic could likely take another leap forward in the future with an advanced touchpad that displays unique illumination attributes. Apple’s current patent also covers the very touchpad features that debuted in their new MacBook Air earlier this month at MacWorld,” Neo reports.
“The present invention pertains to improved feedback mechanisms for touchpads. One aspect relates to devices capable of illuminating the touch-sensitive surface of the touchpad,” Neo reports. “Another aspect relates to methods for providing visual feedback at the touch pad.”
Much more in the full article, including patent illustrations, here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Masa” for the heads up.]