There you are, minding your own business, typing away on your Macbook, stuffing your face with some sort of delicious food, when a crumb falls onto the keyboard. Without panicking, you maneuver you finger around the crumb ever so slightly, as not to cause the crumb to fall underneath a key where it would be lost forever, subsequently deeming that particular key useless. But you fail. The crumb vanishes into the keyboard abyss, and no matter how hard you blow, it's stuck forever.
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If that terrifying scenario sounds familiar, then you'll be happy to know that a new patent filing from Apple suggests that the company is working on upgrading its current keyboard with one that would better resist crumbs, dust, dirt, and any other small particles that might jam the keys.
The patent application outlines how the new keyboard would "prevent and/or alleviate contaminant ingress." In other words, you'll be able to chow down while using your computer and your keyboard won't suffer.
The keyboard would use "a guard structure coupled to the key cap operable to direct contaminants away from the movement mechanism." It would also use gaskets, brushes, wipers, and flaps to seal any gaps that allow tiny crumbs into the keyboard.
Apple's new Macbooks are supposed to be released later this year, but since not all patents come to fruition, the new design may or may not happen. But if it does, we're ready for it.