By Staff Writer ( | First Posted: Feb 06, 2014 10:58 PM EST

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Apple hits the ground running in 2014.

There are rumors that the Cuppertino tech giant is working on a new laptop with a two-sided display, rear touch sensors, solar panels and other technological marvels that will leave tech mavericks jumping up and down. This is based on recent patent sightings and reports. And there is strong speculation that this may be the revolutionary new Macbook Pro.

During the fiscal Q2 2013 earnings call back in April, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha, Apple CEO Tim Cook mentioned, "Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software, and services that we can't wait to introduce this fall and throughout 2014. We continue to be very confident in our future product plans."

If there is some truth behind this groundbreaking new Macbook, then Apple will certainly not disappoint.

According to, The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent for a laptop with a unique display unit that not only serves as a solar power supply, but also an external screen and secondary means of touch input.

Apple's U.S. Patent No. 8,638,549 for an "Electronic device display module" describes a two-sided glass laptop display housing which carries the usual screen on its front face. On the rear, however, the module holds photovoltaic cells for solar charging, a secondary display and sensors for touch input.

Just when Apple enthusiasts thought the upgraded specs and features of the refreshed Macbook Pro couldn't get any better-Retina display, use of fast PCIe Flash memory for storage, better networking performance with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Thunderbolt 2 connection, running at twice the speed of the prior port, Apple will once again set a new industry standard if these patents push through.

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