With rumors of a new MacBook Air on the way, excitement runs high as we all speculate on the design of the new laptop. Interestingly, Apple was just granted two new patents today from the USTPO, and though they were filed on October 15, 2009 (just over a year ago) they may offer a bit of insight as to what we can expect from the new MacBook Air. Of course we don’t have much to go by right now, so don’t place much weight on the patent filing.
We have two patents showing the design of the current Macbook Air. However, what’s important to note is that part of the claimed design is the “metallic-looking surface” and the black keys. This means that a new MacBook Air may stick to the aluminum look with the black keypad, which is much like the design of the current model (below):
A second patent, filed a few days later (October 19, 2009) shows a similar design and says “the keys may be black” and also mentions the “metallic-looking surface that preferably contrasts with the black portions.”
It then goes on to say that “all broken lines represent environmental subject matter that forms no part of the claimed design. That’s a lot of dotted-lines:
We won’t know until tomorrow, but if the black keys and metallic design are part of the claimed design, at least we may have that much information on what’s to come.