Apple’s MacBook machines used to feature backlit Apple logos and they looked pretty sweet when lit up. They were taken away in 2015, but it’s now reported that those logos could one day make a return.
According to a new patent published last week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and picked up by Patently Apple, the company is working on a new way to backlight things just like an Apple logo.
The title of the patent leaves a little to be desired — Electronic Devices With Backlit Partial Mirror Structures — but the three images attached to it all show something we’re very familiar with.
“An electronic device such as a laptop computer or other device may have a housing. Components such as a display and keyboard may be mounted in the housing. The rear of the housing may be provided with a logo. The logo or other structures in the device may be provided with a backlit partially reflective mirror. The mirror may provide the logo or other structures with a shiny appearance while blocking interior components from view. At the same time, the partial transparency of the mirror allows backlight illumination from within the device to pass through the mirror.”
The white Apple logo was something that everyone saw at Starbucks and other cafes around the world, instantly making them visible as Apple Mac notebooks.
Many were sad to see their demise, but it looks like they could be on the way back if this patent is anything to go by. As Patently Apple notes, some of the engineers involved in the patent joined the company in 2018 — three years after the Apple logos first went dark.
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