Apple Store“In July of this year a job posting by Apple stated that they were working on a new revolutionary Mac OS X feature,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

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“Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent that could very well play a part of this revolutionary feature that Apple has in development,” Purcher reports. “It’s a cool virtual input device application that works in both 2D and 3D”

Purcher reports, “The technology will somehow allow you to project an input device into the display of the unit that could then be used instead of the actual input device. For instance, a physical touch pad could be created virtually on your display and then used as you would your physical trackpad. That would require the display, in some applications, to be that of a touch display. The patent hints that it could also relate to gaming. That could mean adding virtual gamepad controls to the display if it’s used in tablet mode or transferred to a tablet – like the iPad.”

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