It is one of the most famous of all time, and there was a time when it illuminated libraries, lecture halls and cafes alike. Since 2015, the MacBook’s Apple logo is no longer backlit – but if new rumors are to be believed, the once-iconic design touch may soon be making a grand comeback.
A new patent from Apple has revealed that the company is working on a way to bring back the illuminated logo. But the technology may be completely different from previous years. (Looking for the best Mac experience? Check out today’s best MacBook Pro deals.)
Catchy Title “Electronic Devices with Backlit Partial Mirror Structures,” patent (spotted by PatentlyApple) (opens in new tab)) describes how “logos or other structures in a device may be provided with a backlit partially reflective mirror. The mirror may provide logos or other structures with a glossy appearance while blocking internal components from view, Also, the partial transparency of the mirror allows backlight illumination from within the device to pass through the mirror.”
In short, it feels like a combination of what happened before and what we have now. Today’s MacBooks are reflective of the Apple logo, but that comes at the expense of the backlight. And the new patent suggests that Apple may not have been too eager to kill off the glowing logo in the first place — much to the delight, it seems, for nostalgic Apple fans (though some DJs might not be thrilled to reach out to them). Duct tape again).
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While the feature arguably doesn’t serve a huge amount of practical purpose, there’s no denying that it’s an iconic piece of Apple design — and it looks like it’s got enough of a lot of fans. And it looks like Apple has had its form when it comes to flaunting logo nostalgia—just last year it finally brought back those lovely rainbow colors. For the lowdown on the latest MacBooks, take a look at our M2 MacBook Air review.