Apple's future iMac could be made from a single piece of glass

The company applied for a patent for brand-new all-in-one computer with a striking design.

The iMac has revolutionized desktop computers since its launch in 1998, with at least two major redesigns since then and a guiding principle, that of a computer that's mostly a display. Its current design is more or less the same as that of the iMac G5 launched more than 15 years ago and pretty unchanged from the iMac Aluminium of 2007, but something could change soon. Apple has just patented an “electronic device with glass housing member”, that looks like a version of an iMac with a striking new design: it's made by a single sheet of curved glass which includes both the display and a detachable keyboard with dual trackpad, and a support structure, which hosts the processing unit and computer ports. Not only it's the Apple product with the largest amount of curved glass seen so far, but pictures show that this new iMac could permit the docking of a MacBook, serving as a pure display and allowing the use of the laptop's keyboard.

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