As always, every time Apple patents something we have to take the information with a grain of salt. And it is that although they have really worked on the patent and have registered it, we do not always see it in the final products. A lot of the time it’s little futuristic ideas and cool features that they throw out. In this case, we may not see it as it appears in the patent, but it would be interesting if they included it in the near future. And it is that the patent we are talking about today is closely related to the Face ID of the new iPhone X. Be very attentive to the news of the function that could revolutionize iMac and MacBook.
Apple patents gesture control
If we name it as “Gesture Control” it may not seem like something new to us. If we say that we would do these gestures remotely without touching the iMac or the keyboard, things change. The patent includes the idea of using sensors similar to those of Face ID to make gestures and control the Mac or perform functions with them. This is how 9to5Mac has told it. Let’s look at an example of what could be done with this. Let’s imagine that we want to stop or skip the song, increase the brightness, lock the computer… This function could be implemented in a thousand different ways. However, this patent is not addressed to any gesture, but to one in particular. The gesture they record is to activate the sensor to perform other gestures.
In other words, on Macs, if they implemented what was seen in the patent, we would make a gesture to activate the sensor and then we could do the rest. Something like “Hey Siri”, but instead of asking for something when activated, we make a gesture. It could be very interesting. Also, before seeing something like this come true, we would see Face ID. And it is that facial recognition makes sense on the iPhone X, but it makes even more sense on iMacs and MacBooks. We will see when it arrives and how they implement it. In any case, it is a very successful and attractive function for users.
What Apple patents for the iMac and what it finally integrates
There are many patents and functions that we have seen patented. There is a lot that users want for Macs. Unfortunately, it is not so much what they finally integrate. And it is that in recent years we have seen very little new, beyond improvements in performance and speed. We still don’t understand the Touch Bar well because it is exclusive to MacBook Pros. The iMac design is continuous and conservative, with very large frames. There’s a lot of room for improvement with things we’ve seen on the iPad and iPhone, but we don’t know when they’ll be implemented.
With the iMac Pro on the horizon, it doesn’t seem like they’re going to revolutionize the range beyond what’s seen on that model.
And you, what do you think about the current evolution of Macs?