A new patent granted to Apple by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office reveals that the company wants to develop a curved glass iMac with an attached keyboard. This concept includes many changes in the conventional design of Apple’s all-in-one computer. As one continuous unit, the screen and the keyboard will be attached by a glass transition portion to sit on top of a desk, eliminating the stand. However, another design of the iMac display as an accessory for MacBook with a detachable keyboard.
An all-glass iMac
Titled ‘Electronic device with glass housing member’ the filing describes a futuristic iMac with all components (display and keyboard) housed as one unit made out of a material that is scratch-resistant, high tactile feel, and has visual appeal.
An electronic device may include a glass housing member that includes an upper portion defining a display area, a lower portion defining an input area, and a transition portion extending between the upper portion and the lower portion and defining part of a continuous surface defined by the upper portion, the lower portion, and the transition portion. The electronic device may include a display coupled to the glass housing member and configured to provide a visual output at the display area. The electronic device may include an input device coupled to the glass housing member and configured to detect an input at the input area. The electronic device may include a support structure coupled to the glass housing member and configured to support the glass housing member.
The component, top, and lower parts will be attached with a curved portion and will have a support structure to sit upright on the desk.
A desktop computer may include a display, an input device operably coupled to the display, and a glass sheet. The glass sheet may include a first portion defining a planar display area, a second portion defining a planar input area, and a curved portion between the planar display area and the planar input area. The desktop computer may include a support structure coupled to the glass sheet and configured to support the glass sheet.
Based on the description in the filing, Yanko Design has created renders of the futuristic iMac which envision the computer nicely but show a very uncomfortable design. To be close enough to a large screen so one can type on the keyboard seems like an unkind position of the eyes to bear.