Apple is working on a crumb-resistant keyboard

Apple is working on a crumb-resistant keyboard

Calling all MacBook owners: break out the biscuits, it’s time to celebrate.

Apple is working on the single greatest invention in its glorious history: a keyboard that keeps crumbs at bay.

How many times have you started working on your MacBook only to find dirt and dust stuck to the keys?

Not only do they look gross, but these contaminants can also cause electrical faults and loss of functionality on your devices.

Fortunately, they may soon be a thing of the past, if Apple’s latest patent sees the light of day.

The freshly-lodged application shows a number of methods to keep dirt out, including the use of gaskets, brushes, wipers and flaps to seal gaps.

Apple also suggests a membrane beneath each key and (most exciting of all) a “bellows” effect, which forces air through the board each time a key is pressed, pushing icky dirt out in the process.

“Liquid ingress around the keys into the keyboard can damage electronics. Residues from such liquids may corrode or block electrical contacts, getting in the way of key movement and so on,” the patent application reads.

Apple adds: “A keyboard assembly [could include] a substrate, a keycap and a guard structure extending from the keycap that funnels contaminants away from the movement mechanism.”

The fourth generation MacBook Pro already replaced the function keys on the keyboard with an interactive multi-touch “Touch Bar” and a Touch ID sensor integrated into the Power button.iStockphoto

People fork out premium prices for Apple laptops, like the MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

The high costs are supposedly justified by the sleek designs of the devices and the clean interface on Apple’s MacOS operating system.

Still, the fact that a rogue crumb can cripple the defenses of a $2,700 laptop seems outrageous.

Therefore, it’s no wonder Apple is looking into resolving the issue.

That way, we’ll be able to snack in peace while on our MacBooks.

Apple’s laptop line-up is due for an update this year, meaning this is one patent we could see becoming a reality sooner rather than later.

Sadly, the existence of a patent doesn’t necessarily mean the tech will ever be debuted – so don’t get too excited just yet.

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