In late July Digitimes reported that Apple was set to release a new MacBook Pro in September that will deliver an ultra-narrow bezel design. Today Patently Apple discovered 4 new MacBook Pro design patents and they clearly illustrate the new ultra-thin bezel that is likely to launch later this year.
In late July 2019 Digitimes reported that Apple was set to release a new MacBook Pro in September that will deliver an ultra-narrow bezel design. That rumor never panned out. The good news, however, is that Apple may be delivering their next MacBook Pro with the rumored ultra-thin bezel in the not-too-distant future based on new design patents that have just been revealed.
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Earlier today, Patently Apple discovered a series of four granted “design patents” for the MacBook Pro in the Hong Kong Patent Office database. I’ve never known Apple to have ever accidentally released photos or drawings of a product ahead of launching a device at a special event. Today, however, may be the rare exception.
Below are a series of images from four design patents that the Hong Kong Patent Office published late yesterday. In total there were 32 separate images covering various angles of the designs. All of the designs point to the new ultra-thin bezel form factor which doesn’t exist today. So the designs are definitely about what’s coming.
This is exactly what Apple fans have wanted for the longest time. Apple’s competitors have beaten Apple to market on this front for years and finally it appears that Apple will be delivering this feature in style. Of course, Apple is likely to limit the ultra-thin bezel designs to their Pro models just as the design patents illustrate.
Unlike “patent applications” that provide the public with an abstract, summary and details of an invention, design patents published around the world are limited to only providing the public with design patent figures. No additional specifics of the design are made available and unfortunately that applies to the new ultra-thin bezel designs for the MacBook Pro that are presented below.
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