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Patent shows future Mac fans

The world of patents is very interesting. It allows us to see in advance what companies are working on and what their future products or improvements to existing ones might be. Today an Apple patent, dated October 23, 2013, related to computer fans, appeared describing a design for a set of super-compact computer fans , for both iMac and MacBook. This was an aspect that Steve Jobs hated, and on more than one occasion he declared that he would like to eliminate it from the Mac.

The main advantages of the fans presented in this patent are the reduction of both size and noise of the fans. Reducing the size not only means that less space would be needed within the Apple devices, but it would also help to reduce the form factor of the computers while maintaining maximum efficiency.

Patent shows future Mac fans
Patent shows future Mac fans

To reduce noise from them, the patent application describes several ways to prevent the fan from making “vibratory forces” audible to the user. Among those ways is a method by which the fan drive could be stabilized by the thrust bearing to prevent the fan from making noise. This would result in greater soundproofing as there would be no trace of additional fan hum.

One of the most curious things is that the fan could be made wireless, since the motor could turn the blades using nothing more than the energy obtained from magnets. As Tim Cook said in his last interview, they are investing a lot of money in the development of the Mac of the future , and these types of patents reflect how Apple takes care of every single detail, and the regulation of the fans is one of those aspects that users appreciate the most

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