Future iMacs May Finally Fix This One Crucial Design Flaw
The Apple iMac is a beautiful machine, but it can never be called ergonomic. You cannot rotate the display, bend it to 90 degrees, or lower it to more height by raising it. According to recently granted patents, this may change soon.
The patent suggests that Apple is considering with an iMac display that can perform a variety of “ergonomic adjustments”. A new iMac alone may convince a lot of people, as it is currently not uncommon to see iMun users turning their computers over a stack of books to reach a comfortable height.
But it is not just an iMac that can be rotated as needed. In typical Apple fashion, the patent goes much further, detailing a computer that can adjust its position and orientation based on the person who is logged in, all without the user raising a finger.
When a person logs in for the first time, iMac will read the file containing the settings for that specific user and automatically make ergonomic adjustments suited to that person. When a different user logs in on the same iMac, it will read itself for their needs. And if that second person sits on the iMac while the first user is logged in, the computer will only change its status if they are known to the logged-in user, which is determined through facial recognition. No other manual input would be required other than creating the initial setting files.
Which can save users from a lot of uncertainty. If you ever adjusted a monitor to get it “just right”, only to change its position to someone else, you know how hard it can be to get things back to how they came to be. Used to do Using a file stored on the computer, this iMac concept will have precise measurements to base its movements to ensure it gets the right setup every time.
The patent was filed by Apple in September 2017, but has only been granted now. Given that timeframe, Apple may be well on its way to implementing this automated ergonomic solution in future iMacs, so we may not have to wait long to see it in action. Rumors have pointed to an extensive redesign for the iMac sometime in the coming months – could this new system make an appearance?
It is possible, but given that it is a patent, there is still a good chance it will never see the light of day. Apple patents a lot of ideas that never come into practice as a way to test new concepts. Nevertheless, we are hoping that it is an idea that Apple decides to give the green light.