The next iMac could be the craziest Apple device ever

AppleThe design of iMacs has always represented something distinctive to the computing world. How can we forget the iconic iMac G3 from 1998 and the disruptive G4 from 2001, both like other finished Apple products at New York’s MoMA? For some years the house of Apple has turned to a more functional and “industrial” design, but that does not mean that someone from the neighborhoods of Cupertino does not think of upsetting the market again with an innovative iMac . In a new patent just filed with the evocative title “Electronic device with glass enclosure”, Apple is thinking of a completely different new iMac, consisting of a single curved sheet of glass with an integrated screen. The computer would consist of a curved bottom that would rest on the desk and hold the input devices, and a larger vertical flat area that would include the screen. Since the curved bottom would not be enough to hold the iMac upright, Apple is proposing the use of a wedge section on the back that would double as a physical support for the glass and a container for the components. such as ports for connections. network, peripherals and power. This wedge would then make it possible to adjust the angle of the screen, which obviously being a simple block of glass could not otherwise move.

But that’s not all. Apple also offered other versions, one in which the bottom of the computer is not one with the top, but can be folded up for transport, and another in which the screen could be separated and even turned over if necessary. with the lower part that could be used to insert peripherals such as keyboards. Or, the lower part could serve as a hub to connect a MacBook, use its keyboard and project its content on the screen. As usual, Apple files a lot of patents every year, so it’s not certain that this will ever see the light of day, but it’s worth noting that the question of this in particular has been asked by some Apple researchers who worked on interesting topics and innovative projects. Brett W. Degner, for example, worked on iMac Pro, MacBook Pro, and iPad Pro, and a patent that turns iPhone and iPad into a true touchscreen laptop (like Asus PadFone). In any case, it’s refreshing to see new ideas on products that are losing some of the charm of yesteryear, and especially on all-in-ones, a category that was once depopulated but which today marks the pace a bit.