The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a series of 65 new patents, including a new iPad cover.
(CCM) — Granted on Tuesday, the newly patented iPad cover features a built-in flexible display which would allow Apple to expand the screen without actually making the tablet bigger. "Increasing the display area could lead to a significant expansion in functionality," reads the patent, adding that "device manufacturers generally choose between making the display and therefore the device itself larger, thereby reducing the portability [sic] or making the device and display smaller with the result of a less functional device." Instead, this iPad cover allows the tablet to use a second screen which could be used as a full-fledged second display, a drawing pad, a smart screen with notifications, a keyboard, and more. Apple's patent notes that AMOLED displays would be best for the cover, as they can light up individual pixels while leaving the rest turned off, conserving battery.
While this patent was just granted this week, it was originally filed in 2011, and some of the features noted in the patent have already come to life. In the iPad cover patent, Apple refers to a "customized connector that passes both data and power [that] could allow for a simple connection between the two devices," which the company incorporated in its new iPad Pro. Dubbed the "Smart Connector," this feature is used to connect the iPad Pro to the Smart Keyboard with "no batteries or charging required." It is unclear if Apple plans to incorporate more elements from this patent into new products, or launch the second-screen iPad cover, as Apple has not yet released a comment on the matter.
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