Apple Gets Patent for iPad Cover With Embedded Solar Panels, Screen and More Items

Apple got some very interesting patents this week, having to do with iPad accessories, apparently. There’s also a Smart Cover lineup of products for Apple’s slates, but it seems more complex models are coming. Apple seems to have been working on a multi function screen cover, according to a patent that has just been approved. This tech... 

New Apple Patent Details MacBook With Touchpad Keyboard, Haptic Feedback

I’ve said it before: I believe that we’re headed towards a future that includes a hybrid between a MacBook and an iPad and also a hybrid between iOS and OS X. Bringing us one step closer to that is the Apple patent below, that involves a MacBook with a touchpad keyboard. This means that the physical keyboard is replaced with a touchpad,... 

Apple Patents Magnetic Connector That Lets You Stack Peripherals; May Be Useful to Connect Multiple Accessories to Tablets

The iPad Pro brought on the Smart Connector into the mainstream, but Apple isn’t stopping here when it comes to the future of connectivity. A fresh patent coming from the Cupertino firm details stackable peripherals, that may just come in handy on the iPad. Such a system would let one connect an iPad with multiple peripherals at once, by overlapping... 

Apple Patent Shows Water Resilience Implemented on Future iDevices

Apple seems to be tinkering with waterproofing technologies for its iDevices and they’ve been doing that for a while. Now, at the end of last week a new patent surfaced, straight out of the USPTO, regarding an evolution of these technologies. Apple’s patent shows that the invention will apply to a future iPad, but we may also see it on... 

Apple Patents Magnetic Attachments for iPads, Purses and Even Sneakers

A new Apple patent covers a very interesting type of invention, an accessory that attaches to various devices using magnetic connectors. The documents mention straps for purses, locking mechanisms for iPad covers and more. “Attachment apparatuses” is the exact term used here and the purpose is to offer easy and fast attachment or detachment... 

New Apple Patent Reveals Textile Material That Could Double as Display and Connector

Apple flooded the USPTO with no less than 200 patent applications this week, but one of them particularly had us interested. I’m talking about the one related to fabric displays, that could be used as belts for the Apple Watch. And that’s only the beginning. The documents cover a fabric made of magnetic or conducting fibers, that is also... 

Tim Cook Claims Apple Isn’t Making a MacBook and iPad Hybrid, In Spite of Recent Patent

Recently Tim Cook has been pretty vocal about various tablets and laptops. He called the Surface Book a device that “tries too hard to do too much” and when the iPad Pro came out, he said that it would replace laptops. Then today the same Apple CEO goes out and says that the Cupertino giant is not making a hybrid. Why do we care? Because... 

Apple Gets Patent for Hybrid Notebook With Detachable Display and Magic Keyboard With 3D Touch; Future Surface Book Rival?

Apple is on a bit of a patent roll these days, getting dozens of patents for important technologies and products and today we’ve uncovered a pretty big one. It has to do with a hybrid notebook, that has a detachable display, in the vein of the Microsoft Surface Book. This makes it seem that Apple is preparing a rival for the Surface Book, that... 

Apple Patents Continuously Handwriting Input Technique, Magnetically Connected Headphones

A bunch of Apple patent filings published this week reveal a few interesting products and accessories that the Cupertino giant has been working on. For example they’ve been developing an intuitive continuous handwriting recognition system, as well as earphones that snap together magnetically. The Apple Continuous Handwriting UI patent is published... 

Apple Gets Patent for Smart Packaging, That Allows You to Setup Your iDevice While Still Packaged

Well here’s an interesting piece of innovation: Apple just reinvented packaging for tech products, by getting a patent for smart packaging that’s able to set up a new device will still packaged. The patent was awarded by the USPTO on March 26th and covers this interesting approach. Basically, the smart packaging can assist the user in performing... 

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