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Apple might resurrect an iconic MacBook function

It’s Halloween, the day issues historically come again from the lifeless, so it’s apt to listen to rumblings Apple might be about to carry a dearly-departed MacBook function from the nice past.

The sunshine-up Apple brand on the rear of the MacBook show lid might be resurrected in future variations of the macOS pocket book vary, in response to a brand new patent submitting.

The emblem was changed by a mirrored various in round 2015 with the launch of the 12-inch MacBook and step by step phased out thereafter. Nonetheless, a brand new patent submitting emerged final week that implies it might be on the best way again.

Within the patent revealed final week, entitled “Digital Gadgets With Backlit Partial Mirror Constructions”, Apple reveals it’s engaged on an answer that might allow illumination from throughout the MacBook to move by way of {a partially} clear mirror.

Successfully, it will be a hybrid of the lit-up Apple brand – which MacRumors remembers was the Powerbook G3 in 1999 – and the brand new mirrored logos we see on the present crop. Within the patent filed in Might 2022 and noticed by Patently Apple, the corporate writes:

“An digital gadget resembling a laptop computer pc or different gadget could have a housing. Parts resembling a show and keyboard could also be mounted within the housing. The rear of the housing could also be supplied with a brand. The emblem or different buildings within the gadget could also be supplied with a backlit partially reflective mirror. The mirror could present the brand or different buildings with a shiny look whereas blocking inside elements from view. On the similar time, the partial transparency of the mirror permits backlight illumination from throughout the gadget to move by way of the mirror.

“A number of thin-film layers could also be configured to offer the partially reflective mirror with desired seen gentle reflection spectrum, a desired seen gentle transmission spectrum, and a desired seen gentle absorption spectrum. The reflectivity of the mirror could also be configured in order that the mirror serves as a one-way mirror for the brand or different construction. The mirror could have a impartial coloration resembling gentle grey or could have a non-neutral coloration resembling gold.”

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