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Future Apple mouse could include multi-touch display

updated 12:50 pm EST, Thu January 20, 2011

Patent would allow context-specific input

A newly published Apple patent application hints at the possibility of a mouse with a multi-touch display, notes Patently Apple. Titled Computer Input Device Including a Display Device, it depicts a mouse with the display mounted on top. While it could simply be used to show information, it could also be used to provide contextual controls, such as a numeric keypad.

Other examples given include magnifying text, or operating like a calculator in an app such as Numbers. The patent further suggests that the concept could extent to products beyond mice, such as an iPhone, an iPod touch or a MacBook trackpad. Apple could potentially be interested in making multi-touch displays an integral part of Mac OS X, although the closest the company has come so far is allowing the Remote app for iOS to control iTunes.








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  1. bogmonster

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Mouse? No. Trackpad? Yes

    The mouse is meant to move around, covered by your hand, making the display mostly useless unless you plan to use it as a small scanner.

    This would make a bit more sense on the trackpad, giving you your keypad back if you're using the wireless keyboard as well.

    Maybe I'm missing something

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Previously on...

    Apple patented a "contextual" keyboard a few years ago whose appearance and layout altered according to the application with which it was being used which would've been cool for FCP or Logic but has thus far not materialised...so don't hold your breath.

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