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  • Apple Tinkering with Second Display iPad Smart Cover

    On Thursday, a new filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealed the design for a Smart Cover that could extend the iPad display experience to two screens.

    Our friends at Apple Insider were first to discover the filing, which indicates that a secondary touchscreen display would be offered by the envisioned cover. Potentially, the second screen could be used as a "full-fledged touch keyboard."

    Here's how Apple describes the design in an abstract summary:

    A tablet device with a flexible cover is disclosed. Thin flexible display technology can be integrated into the flexible cover without affecting the overall form factor of the cover or tablet device. Adding the integrated display to the flexible cover greatly enhances the overall functionality of the tablet device.
    Although there are no shortage of possibilities inherent with a second iPad display, this concept may exit the drawing board phase and go right into production this fall as Apple is widely rumored to want to upstage Microsoft's similar "Touch Cover" keyboard for the soon-to-launch Windows 8 Surface tablets.

    Source: Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Tinkering with Second Display iPad Smart Cover started by Michael Essany View original post
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    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      I'm still on the fence about the Surface keyboard... I honestly like the speed at which I can type on an iPad and I'd rather see Apple make a larger iPad or, even better, a touchscreen Mac (that has the same width of a regular keyboard). This reduces the need to look 'down then up' while typing on a glass surface and increases productivity!

      As far as this patent...it's not an exact copy of the Surface keyboard but it definitely steals their idea and improves upon it so that it 'appears' as if it's original... Pretty lame, Apple