Apple wins patent for integrating cellular antennas into MacBook, iMac keyboards

“The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 20 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. [yesterday],” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Our first granted report of the day only covers a single major patent victory of Apple’s which covers how they intend to integrating cellular antennas under the keys of both MacBooks and wireless keyboards like that used for the iMac,” Purcher reports. “That revelation of cellular capabilities coming to an iMac is an eye-opener by itself. This is Apple’s fourth cellular based MacBook related patent in just the last year and the second which covers hiding the cellular antenna.”

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Purcher reports, “While we don’t know which combination of technologies Apple will use to bring cellular capabilities to both the MacBook and iMac at this time, the important point is that Apple is determined to bring such capabilities to market in the not-too-distant future.”

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

[Attribution: Wired. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Carl H.” for the heads up.]


  1. This is a feature I’d like on the road for sure with a MacBook. I think that adding wireless telephony via the keyboard on my desktop is different. It’s bound to happen over time.

  2. It should work nicely with FaceTime. But why not just build it into the iMac? I guess you’d be able to upgrade a keyboard cheaper. Going from 3G to 4G or 5G would just mean changing our keyboard. I think the main focus is the MacBook.

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