A Stupid Idea?
I have a stupid idea. Bear with me...
Apple's new MacBook Pro is rumored to be updated later this year with the function keys replaced with a tappable OLED display. The idea being this display could change based on the app you're using. But what if it wasn't just the function keys. What if the whole keyboard was one big OLED touchable display?
When Steve Jobs stood on stage and announced the first iPhone in January 2007, before revealing the design, he showed a slide of "the usual suspects." The standard smart phones at the time. He said the problem with theses phones (among other things) is the "bottom third." He was referring to their fixed-in-plastic keyboards that are the same no matter what app you use. He said Apple "solved this problem thirty years ago with bitmap displays."
Doesn't that sound like an apt description of the standard laptop keyboard we've all grown accustomed to? What if it could change form whenever we switched apps?
Many people, myself included, are almost as fast at touch typing on a full-size, on screen, iPad keyboard as we are on a physical keyboard.
The travel of the keys on the new MacBook (One) has been drastically reduced to save space. Any further reduction and you'd practically be typing on a flat surface.
The new force touch trackpad in the MacBook (One) and recent MacBook Pros simulates the "click feel" by vibrating slightly.
What if the rumored MacBook Pro had a huge battery saving OLED screen for a keyboard that vibrated on key press? Would that be so bad?