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  • Apple Envisions iPad Smart Cover with 'Peek Mode'


    This week Apple secured yet another patent that alludes to a technology we may soon see implemented in the iPad accessory realm.

    Described as an "accessory device for peek mode," the abstract summary of the technology speaks to a "magnetic attachment mechanism" that can be used to "reasonably attach at least two objects together in a preferred configuration without fasteners and without external intervention."

    The magnetic attachment mechanism can be used to reasonably attach an accessory device to an electronic device. The accessory device can be used to augment the functionality of usefulness of the electronic device.
    In a nutshell, you have Apple tinkering with both a foldable protective design and also something new called "peek mode." The mode in question turns on segments of your iPad's display in conjunction with the portion of the screen that is uncovered by the iPad smart cover.

    According to details made public by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple filed for the patent way back on December 17th, 2010.

    To read more details about the design, click here.

    Sources: USPTO, Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Envisions iPad Smart Cover with 'Peek Mode' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. ensigma's Avatar
      ensigma -
      seems like a cool idea. I could see this being useful to check the time, date, and notifications. Can't think of much else especially when it only takes two extra seconds to full take off the smart cover
    1. CZroe's Avatar
      CZroe -
      Thought this was already in practice.
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      Quote Originally Posted by CZroe View Post
      Thought this was already in practice.
      Me too. There were specific apps made (like flash card apps) that I thought already implemented this idea...
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Apple may just be finally getting around to patenting this portion of the technology, so they can have one more exclusive feature... But it has been around for a while already.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by ensigma View Post
      seems like a cool idea. I could see this being useful to check the time, date, and notifications. Can't think of much else especially when it only takes two extra seconds to full take off the smart cover
      It would be really great for music too. But ya know what ever apple does will be nice but im mostly excited for jailbreaking to customize and perfect this feature
    1. scottjl's Avatar
      scottjl -
      hmm.. is evernote's "peek" application prior art?