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Jan 15, 2013 10:59 AM
Apple wins patent on glass trackpad/metal unibody combo
Apple has won a US patent on the combination of a glass trackpad and a metal unibody chassis, notes <em>AppleInsider</em>. The patent is simply titled <em>Portable Computer</em>, and <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/01/15/apple-wins-patent-for-glass-on-metal-trackpad-designed-by-jobs-ive">comes</a> out of a series of application continuations; Apple's filings date back to 2008. Over a dozen people are credited with the invention, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and lead designer Jonathan Ive.<br /><br />The patented concept was originally put into practice in late 2008, when the first unibody MacBooks emerged. As a part of the upgrade Apple equipped them with a glass trackpad in which the entire surface acts as a button. The trackpad was also Apple's first to support multi-touch gestures; multi-touch is now standard not only MacBooks but on desktops as well, although the iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro require an optional Magic Trackpad for support.
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