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Apple’s latest patent transforms the iMac into a curved sheet of glass

Wait, isn’t a foldable iMac just a MacBook?

We’ve seen recent foldable designs from mobile phone manufacturers, which have met with varying success. Now it might finally be Apple’s time, but not on the devices you were thinking of. See, a new patent filed in May of last year shows a possible foldable iMac, with a sweet curved pane of glass.

Sure, it’s not pocketable, but it could make the all-in-one iMac small enough to sling into a laptop bag.

Apple’s latest patent shows a foldable iMac

Image: Apple / USPTO

First noticed by PatentlyApple, the all-in-one iMac also includes its keyboard as part of the design, with a sweeping curve of glass that connects it up to the main display. The patent describes how both the input area and display area could be put into a single, continuous surface. This would be held up by a support section, presumably holding the CPU for the iMac, as well as ports. That would make Apple able to build a super-thin screen, especially if they use miniLED or OLED.

  • Apple could be making an iMac with an inbuilt keyboard, connected by a curved section of glass
  • Other designs include a way to dock a MacBook as the keyboard or a foldable section for portability

Is this what happens once Jony Ive left Apple? Crazy designs that move away from the aluminum are king designs for non-mobile devices? If so, I’m all for it, and I can’t wait to see what Apple’s crazy designers come up with next.

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