A patent filing shows AppleÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Â¢s working on a flexible touch interface that will let users to swap out a variety of input devices such as video game controller, keyboards and equalizers. This overlay system could be used in future notebooks to make them more versatile.
Within a few seconds, users could detach their keyboard and pointer overlay and attach a piano keyboard in its place.
“A user can have several different mechanical overlays, each one with controls for a specific application,” the company said. “For example, the user may have one mechanical overlay for video editing, another one for sound editing, another one for gaming, another one for data entry, another one for navigation, etc.”