Virtual Keyboards for future iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Lancer, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    Apple files a lot of patents, the vast majority of which never make it into a shipping product.

    The presence of this patent applications means nothing in regard to actual features of Apple's future products.

    A patent is an idea, not a guaranteed bullet point on a brochure.
  2. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2010
    Non-physical keyboards are absolutely horrible to use for anything important.
  3. Swordylove macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2012
    It's only good for people who type with their index fingers.
  4. sainsburys macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
  5. Lancer thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    For now I agree but this could be used on future iPads and iPhones IMO.
  6. Tokyo Joe macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2012
    CVALDES Goes Negative

    Look, not all patents will come to light, that's for sure. But this "Gruber" attitude that patents are useless and will never come to light is foolish. Steve Jobs believed in patents and in 2007 already had 200 patents to protect the iPhone which they in part used against Samsung. So this nonesense that companies spend billions on patents to do nothing with them is foolish.

    Every product that Apple has ever made (iMac, MacBook Air, iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc) is protected by patents 20 fold deep. And, patents foretold of the iPhone and iPad. So every patent has to be judged on it's own merit. Many cried that no one would ever, ever use a virtual keyboard on the iPhone. Yeah, how did that prediction do?

    And lastly, patents take time to come to market. They're not student papers. Many of the iPhone patents took 7-9 years to come to market. The naysayers, like CVALDES were screaming that Apple would never get into the phone market and screamed blue murder. In the end, the naysayers were simply big mouths.

    If you don't think that Apple will create a virtual keyboard, then restrict your opinion to that.
  7. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    Please no, Real Keyboards for real work please.

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