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Apple seeks patent for keyboard without keys

Apple has applied for a patent on a keyboard without keys, according to a filing made public Thursday with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

If the pressure-sensitive keyboard makes it to Apple's laptops, it could prevent damage caused by debris and liquids that normally pass through the spaces between keys on traditional keyboards, according to the filing.

A rendering taken from Apple's patent filing.
Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office
A rendering taken from Apple's patent filing.

The keyboard detailed on the patent would replace individual keys with a touchpad-like apparatus that could also detect how much force is being used, similar to Apple's Force Touch technology used in the iPhone 6S and other devices.

Keyboard users also may be able to re-map the keyboard in order to create their own hotkeys and shortcuts, according to the filing.

Apple did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.